California’s Ralph M. Brown Act guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in local legislative bodies’ meetings. Codified under California Government Code section 54950, the Brown Act covers every type of local government body, elected or appointed, decision-making or advisory. Some types of private organizations are also covered, as are newly elected members of a legislative body, even before taking office.
Last year, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 126 that requires charter schools to meet the same transparency and accountability requirements as all other schools that receive taxpayer funding, including requiring compliance with the Brown Act.
In this Best Best & Krieger LLP webinar, attorneys Lauren Langer and Albert Maldonado will cover key provisions of the “open and public” law and some authorized exceptions. The discussion will also include:
- The Brown Act’s purpose
- To whom it applies
- What constitutes a “meeting”
- Where meetings can be held
- Notice and agenda requirements
- Frequent mistakes
- Following the Brown Act in the age of technology