New Legislation Requires Local Agencies To Send Agenda Folders By Email On Request | Local News


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By Olivia Wynkoop Bay City News Foundation

Local government agencies are required to email meeting agendas to people who request them, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed on Saturday.

Senate Bill 274, introduced by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), updates California’s Brown Law, which previously required local governments to send agenda packets on request by physical mail. With packages sent by email, community members can instantly review information before meetings instead of having to wait for agendas to arrive in the mailbox.

“I am pleased that Governor Newsom signed this common sense law to make it easier for community members to keep abreast of important issues to be considered at future meetings of their representatives,” Wieckowski said in a statement,

The bill received bipartisan support in the Legislature. Media organizations, the Los Angeles Sunshine Coalition and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association have also drawn their support.

“SB 274 creates significant benefits for people who wish to closely monitor local government meetings,” Adrian Riskin, policy and advocacy coordinator for the LA Sunshine Coalition, said in a statement. “It fills a small but significant gap in making meeting agendas available by email upon request. “

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