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The Business of Your Local Government Agency is Your Business – a Primer on the Brown Act (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this primer on the Ralph M. Brown Act (“Brown Act”), the laws requiring meetings of elected or appointed members of a public entity be open to the public were discussed. The legislative intent and state policy that public agencies exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business was cited.

Part 2 will discuss the notice and agenda requirements of the Brown Act.

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The Business of Your Local Government Agency is Your Business – a Primer on the Brown Act (Part 1)

The Ralph M. Brown Act (“Brown Act”), which is found in the California Government Code beginning at Section 54950, requires public agencies to conduct their business at open and public meetings.

The legislative intent behind the Brown Act is a great reminder that our local governmental entities are created to serve us, the people living within the jurisdiction of those entities. In enacting the Brown Act, the legislature declared:

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A Renewed Push for Cameras In The Courtroom

Media coverage of court proceedings has been a controversial subject for years because it presents potential conflicts between the public’s right to be fully informed of public proceedings and the parties’ right to a fair trial.  With the advent of media outlets like Court TV, the controversy over cameras and other recording devices in courtrooms has taken on an even higher profile. 

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