CSAC Co-sponsored Bill to Address Public Meeting Disruptions Sent to Governor
Along with the Urban Counties of California (UCC), CSAC co-sponsored SB 1100 (Cortese), which was approved by both houses of the Legislature and is now headed to the Governor’s desk. This bill would clarify authority around the removal of individuals who are actually disrupting local agency public meetings. This important change to the Brown Act will help local agencies ensure that public meetings are safe and accessible to all members of the public.
Like many local agencies across the state and around the country, California counties are experiencing an increase in incidence of disruptive behavior by members of the public during public meetings. These behaviors not only disrupt the proceedings of the day, but fundamentally break the promise of the Brown Act, undermining the ability of members of the public to participate in the conduct of the public’s business safely and productively. SB 1100 provides helpful guidance for local agencies as to how to manage disruptive behavior in a manner consistent with case law. It assists local agencies in dealing with the rising hostility and intimidation occurring during public meetings and ensures the efficient and effective conduct of the public’s business. At the same time, the bill safeguards the public’s right to address its elected leaders in public meetings under reasonable conduct requirements.
CSAC worked closely with Senator Cortese, the Legislature, and UCC to secure passage of the bill. We encourage counties supportive of SB 1100 to submit a letter to the Governor requesting his signature.