There are two Open Meeting laws that govern the requirements for public meetings held in California. They are the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act and the Ralph M. Brown Act.
The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act governs notice and open meeting requirements for state bodies (DAA’s). The Bagley-Keene Act requires state bodies to provide notice of its meeting to any person who requests that notice in writing. Notice is also required to be made available on the Internet at least 10 days in advance of the meeting, and shall include the name, address, and telephone number of any person who can provide further information prior to the meeting. This web site has been developed to provide a resource for compliance with the Internet meeting notice requirement.
The Ralph M. Brown Act governs meetings conducted by local legislative bodies (County and Citrus Fruit fairs), such as boards of supervisors, city councils and school boards. The Brown Act requires an agenda to be posted which contains a brief description of each item to be transacted or discussed at the meeting at least 72 hours prior to a regular meeting. This Act does not require Internet posting of the meeting agenda.