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A Primer and Update on Open Meeting Laws and Public Records in California

You are invited to join Meyers Nave presenters Benjamin Reyes, Richard Pio Roda and Kristopher Kokotaylo for a live webinar that provides a comprehensive review of the ins and outs of the Ralph M. Brown Act and the California Public Records Act. The Brown Act governs the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies. The California Public Records Act requires the inspection or disclosure of governmental records to the public upon request, unless exempted by law. California law seeks to balance the public’s right to information with an individual’s right to privacy. If you represent a public agency or the media, it is imperative that you understand how to define which meetings of which local agencies are open meetings under California law, the rules about disclosure and communications, including emails, texts and social media, and rules that permit public agencies to conduct closed session meetings. The presenters will explain how these laws affect you.