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SB 1003 Passes Out of Senate Governance and Finance Committee

May 11, 2012

SB 1003 (Yee) was passed out of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on Wednesday and sent to the Senate floor. The bill would amend the Ralph M. Brown Act (Brown Act) and apply the law’s sanctions to all past violations reaching back for one-year.

 

Under SB 1003, a city could still be taken to court even if the agency has taken corrective measures and stopped the practice alleged to be a violation of the Brown Act. The bill would only invite litigation for actions that are no longer occurring and burden cities with costly defense costs including potential attorneys’ fees.

The League and other stakeholders have been actively seeking amendments to narrow the scope of this bill and allow a public agency the opportunity to address an allegation and avoid litigation. The League will remain opposed to the bill unless it is amended to address these concerns.

The League’s position letter is available on the League’s website by typing “SB 1003” into the search box.

For questions please contact Natasha Karl.



 
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