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SB 751 – Brown Act

On September 6, 2013, Governor Brown signed SB 751 into law.  This bill amends the Brown Act to state, “the legislative body of a local agency shall publicly report any action taken and the vote or abstention on that action of each member present for the action.”  (Gov. Code, § 54953(c)(2).)

According to the Bill Analysis from Senate Floor, “this bill will improve the ability of the public and others who monitor legislative meetings of local agencies to be certain of how members voted on an issue when action is taken.”

The practical impacts of this bill are twofold: (1) a board or body governed by the Brown Act must report out the particular vote of each member; and (2) the report of each vote must occur whether the vote occurs in closed or open session.

This bill goes into effect on January 1, 2014.

This update is informational and not intended as a substitute for legal advice.  If you would like more specific information about the provisions of the bill, please contact us.

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