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A Primer and Update on Open Meeting Laws and Public Records in California

OnDemand Webinar (115 minutes)

Understand the ins and outs of California's open meetings and open public records and how they can affect you.Are you a reporter, a public information and records manager, city manager, special district, county or municipal official, law enforcement official, attorney or school administrator? Are you uncertain about how the Ralph M. Brown Act and the California Public Records Act laws apply to you? Nearly 60 years ago, when enacting the open meeting laws for California local agencies, the Legislature stated, 'It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies, which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.' Find out what California law has to say about open meeting laws and in balancing the public's right to information with an individual's right to privacy. If you're involved with a local public agency, or if you represent the media, you need to know the ins and outs of California laws that govern public agencies.

Authors

Kristopher J. Kokotaylo, Meyers Nave
Benjamin T. Reyes II, Esq., Meyers Nave Richard D. Pio Roda, Esq., Meyers Nave

Agenda

Open Meeting Laws for California Local Agencies

  • Overview, Purpose and Scope of the Ralph M. Brown Act
  • Notice and Agenda Requirements
  • Permissible Closed Sessions and Exceptions to Meeting Rules
  • Penalties and Remedies for Violating the Act

California's Public Records Act

  • Overview, Purpose and Scope of the Public Records
  • How to Respond to Records Request
  • Public Access vs. Privacy
  • Who Has Access to Public Records
  • What Types of Records Are Exempt From Disclosure
  • Recent Developments Regarding Text Messaging, Emails, Social Media

Additional Formats

Audio & Reference ManualMore Info