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In budget-cutting’s name, state’s Open Meeting law takes a big hit

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Among the $15.7 billion in cuts to the state budget signed into law at the end of June, here’s one that’s gone largely unnoticed. A key provision of the state’s Open Meeting Law, aka the Brown Act, has been suspended. The change: It’s now no longer mandatory that local government agencies tell the public beforehand that they’re planning to meet or what they’re going to discuss. A Vacaville Reporter opinion piece explains how it happened.


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