CSAC Bulletin Article

Brown Act Flexibility Will Remain After June 15 Reopening, For Now

June 3, 2021

On Wednesday, representatives from Governor Newsom’s office assured CSAC and other local government representatives that Executive Order N-29-20, which provides flexibility to state and local agencies and boards to conduct their business through virtual public meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic, will not terminate on June 15 when the state is scheduled to fully reopen. This assurance came in response to a coalition letter urging the Administration to allow enough time for local agencies to adjust operations and safely transition back to in-person public meetings.

While Governor Newsom intends to terminate COVID-19 executive orders at the earliest possible date at which conditions warrant, his office stated that he recognizes the importance of an orderly return to the ordinary conduct of public meetings of state and local agencies and boards. To this end, the Governor’s office will work to provide notice to affected stakeholders in advance of rescission of this provision. Until a further order is issued, all entities may continue to rely on N-29-20.

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, CSAC advocated for this flexibility from Brown Act requirements in order to protect public health and we appreciate the Governor’s recognition that time is needed to prepare for the eventual repeal of COVID-related Executive Orders.

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