CCSA Answers: SB 751 Brown Act Update
January 10, 2014
Question: Can you explain the new Brown Act requirements that go into effect in January 2014?
Answer: Senate Bill 751 amended the Ralph M. Brown Act in an effort to provide greater transparency to the public. This Brown Act amendment requires the votes of each member of a legislative body to be publicly reported, beginning January 1, 2014. Specifically, SB 751 requires that the "legislative body of a local agency shall publicly report any action taken and the vote or abstention on that action of each member present for the action." Board minutes must reflect the votes or abstentions of each board member.