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AB-194 Open meetings: public criticism and comment.(2013-2014)

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Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/27/14 Vetoed by Governor.
09/08/14 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
08/27/14 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 56. Noes 13. Page 6593.).
08/27/14 Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Ayes 56. Noes 21. Page 6571.)
08/26/14 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 28 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 194 without my signature.

This bill amends the Ralph M. Brown Act to allow individuals who attend local agency meetings to speak before and during an agenda item, a common practice. The bill restates that local agencies shall not prohibit public criticism at meetings. Finally, the bill prescribes how time should be allotted to each speaker.

California has robust policies and longstanding laws in place that promote an open and transparent government and guarantee public decision making. This bill adds certain procedures to the Brown Act, which at best will elongate but in no way enhance the quality of debate at the local level.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.