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The Brown Act

The Brown Act or “Open Meeting Law” is officially known as the Ralph M. Brown Act and is found in the California Government Code § 54950 et seq. 1. The Brown Act was enacted in 1953 to guarantee the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies, and as a response to growing concerns about local government officials’ practice of holding secret meetings that were not in compliance with advance public notice requirements. The Brown Act is pivotal in making public officials accountable for their actions and in allowing the public to participate in the decision making process.

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The Brown Act has also been amended to allow cities to take advantage of information age technologies for the conduct of public meetings. Click below to view Teleconferencing Under The Brown Act guidelines.

Teleconferencing Under The Brown Act.pdf