In the first half of 2017, some two-dozen bills have been introduced in the State Legislature with the potential to impact laws regulating government ethics, transparency, and political activity.  Legislation proposed in the State Assembly and State Senate seeks to repeal portions of existing law, and, at the same time, impose stronger penalties for violating

Breaking-News.jpgThis blog post was authored by Connie C. Almond and  Shardé C. Thomas

On September 30, 2014, Governor Brown vetoed AB 2126 – a bill which included significant changes to the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (“MMBA”). As discussed in our prior blog post, this closely watched bill included four amendments to the MMBA’s factfinding and mediation

Taking Notes.jpgThis guest post was authored by Meredith Karasch

Buried within the State’s 2012-2013 budget, is a new provision that may have the effect of suspending portions of the Brown Act.  In an effort to reduce expenditures, the budget suspends reimbursement to local agencies for costs of posting agendas.  Under Government Code section 17581, the