CA state legislature suspends provisions of Brown Act, public meeting law

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A view of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. The state legislature has announced it will suspend provisions of the Brown Act public meeting law in an effort to shave 96-million in spending over the next three years.

Under the law known as the Brown Act, cities, counties and school districts must post public meeting agendas and disclose closed session decisions.

The state is supposed to pay for those expenses but the budget adopted last month suspends those provisions for three years to save the state $96 million.

”The suspension of those provisions in the Brown Act isn’t necessarily a surprise to the League of California Cities, because those provisions have not been funded in the last few budget years," said Eva Spiegel with the League of California Cities.

Some cities may continue to follow the law, regardless of the suspension. Spiegel says the League will hold a meeting this week to decide what recommendations to give cities.

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