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Jun. 30, 2016


Open and Public, the League’s Guide to California’s Open Meetings Law Updated for its Fifth Edition

Sacramento, CA The League of California Cities® announces the release of the fifth edition of its publication on the Ralph M. Brown Act, California’s open meetings law. First published in 1989, Open and Public V, A Guide to the Ralph M. Brown Act builds on the previous four editions and has been updated by an esteemed committee of municipal law experts to reflect current law as of April 2016.
The United States has a long tradition of government being open to the public for discussions and decisions, even when the policies being debated are controversial. This is the foundation of a healthy democracy. Adopted in 1953, the Brown Act reinforces the crucial role of the public in California local government where elected city officials are empowered to make decisions that reflect their communities and their residents.
Open and Public V is designed to be a practical and accessible guide for local government officials, the public and the media on California’s open meetings law for local agencies. The publication features chapters on the key subjects covered within the law: legislative bodies, meetings, agendas, notices and public participation, closed sessions and remedies. In addition, each chapter includes practice tips and Q&A to address some of the most frequent issues that arise in following the law. Every copy of Open and Public V comes with the current annotated Brown Act, which is contained in a specially designed pocket folder at the back of the book.
The publication can be found on the League’s website at

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