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New Executive Order Provides Clarity for Remote Meeting Requirements

September 23, 2021

Earlier this week, Governor Newsom issued an Executive Order suspending the application of AB 361 by Assemblymember Robert Rivas until October 1, 2021, when the provisions of a prior executive order that established certain requirements for public agencies to meet remotely during the COVID-19 emergency will expire. This action addresses recent concerns of conflicting provisions between the prior executive order and the new law.

AB 361 provides, through 2023, exemptions to some of the requirements related to Brown Act meetings held by teleconference during a state of emergency that makes it unsafe to meet in person. The bill is an urgency measure, meaning it went into effect immediately after receiving Governor Newsom’s signature last week.

This new executive order ensures there is no conflict between the provisions of AB 361 and the prior executive order, giving California counties clarity about how to move forward with remote Brown Act meetings. Supervisors and other county officials who sit on or staff Brown Act bodies and wish to meet remotely for health and safety reasons should consult their county counsel or clerk of the board about AB 361 and this new executive order.

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