New requirements for agenda posting are signed into law
September 15, 2016
Local agencies will soon need to comply with new requirements for posting their Board of Supervisor meetings agendas online. Governor Brown recently signed AB 2257 (Maienschein), which requires agendas for the legislative bodies of local governments to be accessible on the homepage on the local agency’s primary website through a “prominent, direct link.”
Local agencies are exempt from the precise specifications in the bill if they use an integrated agenda management platform that meets certain requirements, including that the current agenda is the first available at the top and that any agendas posted would be machine readable and platform independent.
CSAC opposed earlier versions of this bill because it imposed onerous requirements with very specific restrictions. The bill was amended to include exemptions for agencies using integrated agenda management platforms, which ensures that counties maintain a high level of transparency to encourage public participation without adding additional administrative burdens and costs to the local entities.
Following this negotiated compromise, CSAC changed to a position of “neutral” on the bill. CSAC would like to thank the members of the California County Information Services Directors Association for their assistance in making AB 2257 a bill that promotes open government while allowing the necessary flexibility for counties to comply.