Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Brown Act, what is it exactly?

California Codes Government Code Section 54950-54963

This is the law that requires public access to meetings and requires the elected officials to let the public speak.

In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares
that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other
public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the
people's business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be
taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.

The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the
agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do
not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for
the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people
insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over
the instruments they have created.

54950.5. This chapter shall be known as the Ralph M. Brown Act.

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