Changes to the Brown Act Effective July 1, 2008
Current law requires that, when the local agency distributes non-confidential documents or writings prepared by the agency to all or a majority of members of a legislative body of a local agency during a meeting, the writings become public records and must be available to members of the public at that time.
Effective July 1, Section 54957.5 requires:
- Any non-confidential documents or writings that the agency distributes, less than 72 hours before a regular meeting, to all or a majority
of the legislative body's members, must be available to members of the public at the same time as distribution.
- The agency must identify on all agendas the address of the public office or location where the writings are available.
In addition to making the records available at the designated location, the agency may post the documents on its website.ShareThis