Californians Aware launched a petition drive Sunday to amend the California constitution to ensure that municipal meeting agendas continue to be offered to the public.
Presently, the state constitution requires entities under the jurisdiction of the Brown Act to be reimbursed by the state for their costs to provide meeting agendas to the public.
To save money, in June, the state Legislature gave California cities and counties the option of not posting meeting agendas and other reports. This action suspended a key provision of the Brown Act, which requires California cities, counties, school boards and special districts to conduct their meetings openly.
"Even though the law might not hold public officials accountable for no longer posting agendas or providing adequate descriptions of items on them, angry voters would hold them accountable, and political exposure has always been a far more powerful motivator of Brown Act compliance than legal exposure," stated Californians Aware on its website.
There is also a bill that would preserve the Brown Act provisions, but it remains in limbo in the Assembly Appropriations Committee after the state Senate passed it.
To read more about the petition, click here.