Open Meetings

Open Meetings- Brown ActHow to navigate FAC’s open meeting resources

Welcome to FAC’s Open Meeting resources.  In California, the key opening meeting law is the Ralph M. Brown Act, which requires legislative entities of local governments and agencies—for example, city councils and school boards— to conduct business in a way that enables the public to scrutinize government decision-making.

On this page you will find links to all of our resources for the Brown Act including our  Brown Act Primer on how the law works; the text of the The Ralph M. Brown Act, and a sample “Cure & Correct” demand letter to report a violation of the law.  You’ll also find Brown Act questions answered by our attorneys and  information on the the Bagley-Keene Act, the open meeting law that governs the state agencies and commissions in CA.

Drill Down into how open meeting laws can work for you
Drill Down: Brown Act Searches

Each of the links in the menu below  opens a targeted search of our Asked & Answered database to help you quickly find authoritative answers provided by FAC attorneys to question by people like you. This list does not exhaust the Asked & Answered resources comprised of 1000 questions and answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, use the search box on any page starting the query with aa to filter results from the Asked & Answered archives.

Next Step: Other tools for accessing public meetings

Essentials of the Brown Act (video)

The Brown Act Essentials explains your rights to access meetings and agendas of state and municipal agencies in California. Perfect for journalists looking to perfect their beat and for individuals looking to keep their government open and honest. Presented by James M. Chadwick, a partner in the Palo Alto office of Sheppard Mullin and a member of the FAC board. (21:00 minutes)

Click here for audio of  Essentials of the Brown Act in Chinese /Brown Act – Chinese Language and Espanol/leybrown – Essentials of the Brown Act audio/typography]