Does the 72 hour period for Agenda Amendments include weekends and holidays?
Q: For an amended agenda, it seems that the amendments must be made 72 hours before the meeting. Does this 72 hour period include weekends and holidays?
A: The Brown Act includes weekends and holidays when computing the 72-hour requirement of section 54954.2. The language of that section provides that “[a]t 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.” Nothing in that section or other sections of the Brown Act indicate that holidays or weekends are excluded.
In a 1995 Opinion, Ops. Cal. Atty. Gen. 327, the Attorney General said that the notice period for posting regular meeting notices under the Brown Act includes weekend hours but that the notice must be posted in a freely accessible location — in other words, a notice posted in a building locked during the weekend would probably not satisfy Brown Act requirements.