FAC’s Brown Act Primer

RESOURCES ACCESS TO Meetings Accessing Public Meetings in CALIFORNIA Ralph M. Brown Act Primer Download the Brown Act Primer Menu | Ralph M. Brown Act Table of Contents This primer is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute legal advice and does not form an attorney-client relationship. It is copyrighted by the First Amendment Coalition. Contact the First Amendment Coalition at FAC@firstamendmentcoalition.org. California Brown Act Primer I. Introduction This primer was last updated

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A&A: Can A School District Bar The Public From School Closure Meetings?

Q: I am a parent of an elementary school student who is attending a public school being fast-tracked to close in 25 days. An important piece of this decison-making process is a report that is being written by a superintendent’s advisory committee. This committee has closed meetings and the school board allows this. I have asked for the public to be able to view the meetings, to observe, but this has been denied. The superintendent’s

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Police Transparency Legal Compendium

police transparency guide open records Police Transparency Guide Download Police Transparency Guide Police Transparency Legal Compendium – Table of Contents The First Amendment Coalition is an award-winning, nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in civic affairs. Police transparency legal compendium Records that Can Be Obtained Under California Penal Code Section 832.7(b) In 2018 the California Legislature enacted S.B. 1421 which amended Penal Code section

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First Amendment Coalition

First Amendment Coalition Defending Free Speech & The Public’s Right To Know NEW Join us for an open-meetings webinar on 1/31 Last call! Nominate someone for the Free Speech & Open Government Award Special Report: Your Right to Record at the Border Update: San Jose produces records amid FAC, Spotlight lawsuit OUR MISSION​ FAC protects and promotes a free press, freedom of expression and the people’s right to know. BECOME A MEMBER We’re proud to

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A&A: How Do I Address Agency’s Failure to Honor Brown Act Meeting Notification Deadlines?

Q: The airport commission in our municipality has only given 25 hours notice of the time and location change for their next meeting. This commission is notorious for posting meeting agendas at the last minute and scheduling meetings that are not convenient for residents to attend. Is the airport commission in violation of the Brown Act since they provided only 25-hour notice to change meeting location and time? A: In general, California’s open meeting law, known

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