The Brown Act
CALIFORNIA'S OPEN MEETING RULES
Under California Law, county and local boards and commissions must conduct meetings in adherence to the Brown Act. Meetings should encourage public attendance and input, and must follow an agenda that is posted in advance. Public Comment should be facilitated before or during each agenda item. Between meetings, it is important for members to know the Brown Act, and avoid quorums or "serial meetings" outside of Board/Commission Meetings and Standing Committee Meetings.
Brown Act Summary Pamphlet (Updated by CALBHB/C 2017)
Brown Act on One Page - CSAC EIA
Teleconferencing (July 2017)
All votes taken during a teleconferenced meeting shall be by roll call. AB428
Individual Votes should be recorded (2014)
Agendas On-line (July 2017) At least 72 hours before a regular meeting, the legislative body of the local agency, or its designee, shall post an agenda containing a brief general description of each item of business to be transacted or discussed at the meeting, including items to be discussed in closed session. A brief general description of an item generally need not exceed 20 words. The agenda shall specify the time and location of the regular meeting and shall be posted in a location that is freely accessible to members of the public and on the local agency’s Internet Web site, if the local agency has one. If requested, the agenda shall be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with a disability, as required by Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. Sec. 12132), and the federal rules and regulations adopted in implementation thereof. The agenda shall include information regarding how, to whom, and when a request for disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, may be made by a person with a disability who requires a modification or accommodation in order to participate in the public meeting. AB2257 (effective on and after January 1, 2019).