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AB-339 Local government: open and public meetings.(2021-2022)

Senate:
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Assembly:
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Bill Status
AB-339
Lee (A) , Cristina Garcia (A)
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Arambula (A) , Cooley (A) , Kiley (A) , Robert Rivas (A) , Stern (S)
Local government: open and public meetings.
02/28/21
An act to amend Section 54953 of, and to add and repeal Section 54953.9 of, the Government Code, relating to public meetings.
Assembly
09/13/21
09/03/21

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
10/07/21 Vetoed by Governor.
09/17/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
09/09/21 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 58. Noes 7.).
09/09/21 Assembly Rule 63 suspended.
09/09/21 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 339 without my signature.

This bill requires, until December 31, 2023, that city councils and boards of supervisors in jurisdictions with over 250,000 residents provide both in-person and teleconference options for the public to attend their meetings.

While I appreciate the author's intent to increase transparency and public participation in certain local government meetings, this bill would set a precedent of tying public access requirements to the population of jurisdictions. This patchwork approach may lead to public confusion. Further, AB 339 limits flexibility and increases costs for the affected local jurisdictions trying to manage their meetings.

Additionally, this bill requires in-person participation during a declared state of emergency unless there is a law prohibiting in-person meetings in those situations. This could put the health and safety of the public and employees at risk depending on the nature of the declared emergency.

I recently signed urgency legislation that provides the authority and procedures for local entities to meet remotely during a declared state of emergency. I remain open to revisions to the Brown Act to modernize and increase public access, while protecting public health and safety. Unfortunately, the approach in this bill may have unintended consequences.


Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom