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AB-1418 State educational entities: meetings: online participation, agenda, and resource materials.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/19/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1418


Introduced by Assembly Member Kiley

February 19, 2021


An act to add Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 34000) to Part 20 of Division 2 of Title 2 of the Education Code, relating to state educational entities.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1418, as introduced, Kiley. State educational entities: meetings: online participation, agenda, and resource materials.
The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Bagley-Keene Act), requires, with specified exceptions, that all meetings of a state body, as defined, be open and public, and all persons be permitted to attend any meeting of a state body, except as provided. The Bagley-Keene Act, among other things, requires a state body that elects to conduct a meeting or proceeding by teleconference to post agendas at all teleconference locations, to identify each teleconference location in the notice and agenda, and to make each teleconference location accessible to the public. The Bagley-Keene Act requires the agenda to provide an opportunity for members of the public to address the state body directly at each teleconference location, as specified. The Bagley-Keene Act requires at least one member of the state body to be physically present at the location specified in the notice of the meeting.
This bill, whenever a state educational entity holds a meeting involving stakeholder input on educational matters in the state, would require the state educational entity, in addition to any applicable requirement under the Bagley-Keene Act, to make the meeting accessible electronically online to all members of the public seeking to attend, ensure the opportunity for the members of the public participating electronically to comment on agenda items in the same manner as a person attending the meeting in person, provide online access to the agenda and any resource materials that are being provided to the members of the state educational entity for the meeting, and provide a listing of the scheduled meetings on the state educational entity’s internet website with links to access the meeting and to the agenda and resource materials for the meeting. The bill would define “state educational entity” for these purposes to mean the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, or a state advisory board, committee, commission, or task force established under certain statutory provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 34000) is added to Part 20 of Division 2 of Title 2 of the Education Code, to read:
CHAPTER  5. Public Participation

34000.
 (a) Whenever a state educational entity holds a meeting involving stakeholder input on educational matters in the state, the state educational entity, in addition to any applicable requirements of the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code), shall do all of the following:
(1) Make the meeting accessible electronically online to all members of the public seeking to attend.
(2) Ensure the opportunity for the members of the public participating electronically to comment on agenda items in the same manner as a person attending the meeting in person.
(3) Provide online access to the agenda and any resource materials that are being provided to the members of the state educational entity for the meeting.
(4) Provide a listing of the scheduled meetings on the state educational entity’s internet website with links to access the meeting, as described in paragraph (1), and to the agenda and resource materials for the meeting, as described in paragraph (3).
(b) For purposes of this section, “state educational entity” means the state board, the department, the Superintendent, or a state advisory board, committee, commission, or task force established under Title 1 (commencing with Section 1) or this title.