In 1953 California passed The Brown Act, which established the guidelines for the State’s open-meeting practices. Since then, every state has adopted some form of open-meeting requirements. As time has passed, technological advances, combined with the evolving needs of local populations, have raised new concerns surrounding open meetings and citizen engagement. Open Meetings reform will improve transparency, and promote enhanced citizen engagement and public trust in the local government. Below is a draft municipal ordinance prepared by Working Group on Legal Frameworks for Public Participation, at Deliberative Democracy Consortium.
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