How 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.
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.
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)