AB 339

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Jun 02, 2021
  • Passed Senate Sep 09, 2021
  • Governor

Local government: open and public meetings.

Abstract

Existing law, the Ralph M. Brown Act, requires, with specified exceptions, that all meetings of a legislative body of a local agency, as those terms are defined, be open and public and that all persons be permitted to attend and participate. Under existing law, a member of the legislative body who attends a meeting where action is taken in violation of this provision, with the intent to deprive the public of information that the member knows the public is entitled to, is guilty of a crime. This bill would require local agencies to conduct meetings subject to the act consistent with applicable state and federal civil rights laws, as specified. This bill would, until December 31, 2023, require all open and public meetings of a city council or a county board of supervisors that governs a jurisdiction containing least 250,000 people to include an opportunity for members of the public to attend via a two-way telephonic option or a two-way internet-based service option, as specified, and would require a city council or county board of supervisors that has, as of June 15, 2021, provided video streaming, as defined, of at least one of its meetings to continue to provide that video streaming. The bill would require all open and public meetings to include an in-person public comment opportunity, except in specified circumstances during a declared state or local emergency. The bill would require all meetings to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on proposed legislation in person and remotely via a telephonic or an internet-based service option, as provided. By imposing new duties on local governments and expanding the application of a crime with respect to meetings, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for specified reasons. The California Constitution requires local agencies, for the purpose of ensuring public access to the meetings of public bodies and the writings of public officials and agencies, to comply with a statutory enactment that amends or enacts laws relating to public records or open meetings and contains findings demonstrating that the enactment furthers the constitutional requirements relating to this purpose. This bill would make legislative findings to that effect. The bill would include findings that changes proposed by this bill address a matter of statewide concern rather than a municipal affair and, therefore, apply to all cities and counties, including charter cities and counties. This bill would incorporate additional changes to Section 54953 of the Government Code proposed by AB 361 to be operative only if this bill and AB 361 are enacted and this bill is enacted last.

Bill Sponsors (7)

Votes


Actions


Feb 03, 2022

Assembly

Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.

Jan 03, 2022

Assembly

Consideration of Governor's veto pending.

Oct 07, 2021

Assembly

Vetoed by Governor.

Sep 17, 2021

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Sep 09, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 25. Noes 8.).

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 58. Noes 7.).

Assembly

Assembly Rule 63 suspended.

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.

Sep 07, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 03, 2021

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 26, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 25, 2021

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 17, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 16, 2021

Senate

From committee: Be ordered to second reading pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.

Jul 14, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (July 13). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jul 05, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on JUD.

Jul 01, 2021

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on JUD. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (July 1).

Jun 25, 2021

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on GOV. & F.

Jun 16, 2021

Senate

Referred to Coms. on GOV. & F. and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on GOV. & F. and JUD.

Jun 03, 2021

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Jun 02, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 54. Noes 9.)

May 20, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 19, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 11. Noes 2.) (May 19).

May 05, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

May 04, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

May 03, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (April 28).

Apr 19, 2021

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on L. GOV.

Apr 15, 2021

Assembly

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on L. GOV. Read second time and amended.

Assembly

Referred to Com. on L. GOV.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on L. GOV.

Jan 29, 2021

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee February 28.

Jan 28, 2021

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB339 HTML
01/28/21 - Introduced PDF
04/15/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/04/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/25/21 - Amended Senate PDF
07/05/21 - Amended Senate PDF
08/25/21 - Amended Senate PDF
09/03/21 - Amended Senate PDF
09/13/21 - Enrolled PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/27/21- Assembly Local Government PDF
05/17/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
05/20/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
06/28/21- Senate Governance and Finance PDF
07/28/21- Senate Judiciary PDF
08/18/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
08/28/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
09/07/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
09/09/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
10/14/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF

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