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Litigation We’re Watching

Facebook v. Duguid (No. 19-511, 592 U.S. ___ (April 1, 2021)). US Supreme Court unanimously overruled 9th Circuit and held that Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) does not encompass a device that can store and automatically dial telephone numbers, if the device does not use a random or sequential number generator.

News from Election and Ethics Agencies

Fair Political Practices Commission News – The Fair Political Practices Commission has updated the rules regarding the filing of expanded Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) for public officials who serve in multiple positions. Link to fact sheet.

New Legislation

Amendment to SB 663 – This bill has been amended to add application and privacy requirements when the target of a recall chooses to inspect the signers of a recall petition in order to contact them to determine whether they intended to sign the petition. It also adds that the ability to inspect and contact petition signers does not apply if the number of registered voters eligible to vote in the recall election is less than 50,000. Finally, it now requires each page of a recall petition to include, at the top of the page, the words “Petition for an Election to Remove from Office:” followed by the title and first and last name of the target of the recall.