Advance notice of public municipal agendas will continue. The State budget item has remained unfunded since 2005, and is being removed.
San Francisco Chronicle/John King, 7/14/12, "open government at heart of budget cut."
|Budget item, now you see it now you don't|
By saying it won't pick up the tab for local government to spread the word, the state appears to have removed the legal obligation of local governments to publicize the details of future meetings. But the obligation will return if voters approve the tax increase sought this November by Gov. Jerry Brown - and many local officials, at least in the Bay Area, say the issue is moot because the reality of today's society is the push for more access, not less.
The 1986 addition to the Brown Act, dubbed the Open Meeting Act, is one of 56 mandates that have been suspended in the current budget. And while this is the first year the open meeting mandate is formally suspended, there have been almost no reimbursements to local governments since 2005. That's where the $96 million comes from; it's the accumulation of "mandated" reimbursements that still are owed." : Read Article.
Background information and comment: There is a rumor that the January, 2012 Brown Act has been amended mid-term July, 2012. That rumor appears to be false, see first paragraph of Californians Aware, 7/13/12.
Also see "Brown Act Amendments for 2012", 12/13/11. Brown Act Amendments occurred January 1, 2012. . Of these, AB 1344 requires posting public meeting agendas on existing municipality websites. That strengthens the Brown Act, not diminishes it. Whereas, according to the Chronicle article above, State funding of municipal public meeting agendas effectively ended July, 2005. This article is posted in follow-up to 7/16/12 comments made on "Bankruptcy warnings in CA".
Reference - California Budget, July 2012-13.
Posted by Kathy Meeh