A&A: Has the public comment requirement changed due to Gov. Newsom’s executive order amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
SUBMITTED | MAY 5, 2020 Q: Has the public comment requirement (Gov. Code, § 54954.3 subd. (a).) changed after Governor Newsom’s executive order? A: In March, Governor Newsom issued executive orders N-25-20 and N-29-20, which temporarily suspended any Brown Act requirements “expressly or impliedly requiring the physical presence of members, the clerk or other personnel of the body, or of the public as a condition of participation in or quorum for a public meeting” during the COVID-19 crisis. Order N-29-20 also states: “A local . . . body . . . that holds a meeting via teleconferencing and allows members of the public to observe and address the meeting