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Legislature Addresses Affordable Workforce Housing on School District and County Office of Education Property

On September 28, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2295, which allows a school district or county office of education (local educational agency or LEA) that meets certain criteria to utilize its surplus property to provide affordable housing to its employees.

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AB 185 Authorizes Alternative Design-Build Construction for K-12 School Districts

Governor Newsom signed the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (AB 185) on September 27, 2022, which included authorization for K-12 school districts to use “alternative design-build” contracts for public works projects.

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Legislature Corrects Error Regarding Requirements for Schools' Adoption of Developer Fee Justification Studies

On July 19, 2022, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2536 into law. AB 2536 includes a provision to correct a drafting error in AB 602 from the prior legislative year that had sparked confusion for school districts as to the applicability of new requirements for local educational agencies conducting developer fee studies.

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Ninth Circuit Holds Blocking Public from Officials' Social Media Accounts May Violate First Amendment

New case law suggests social media accounts created by public officials may be considered public forums subject to constitutional scrutiny under the First Amendment.

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Piggyback Contracts for Modular Components Are Ineligible for State Funding

Last month, the State Allocation Board (SAB) affirmed its position that school districts and county offices of education must competitively bid contracts to acquire modular building components for installation on a permanent foundation, and that “piggybacking” may not be used.

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Governor Newsom's Executive Order Regarding Economic Sanctions on Russia Creates Confusion for Local Agencies

On March 4, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-6-22 in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

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Attorney General Addresses Who May Attend Closed Session Under the Brown Act

On May 26, 2022, the California Attorney General (AG) issued Opinion No. 21-1102, addressing certain aspects of "closed session" attendance under the Ralph M. Brown Act.

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Attorney General Takes Hardline Position on Permissible Use of School Bond Premium

On May 19, 2022, the California Attorney General (AG) published Opinion No. 14-202, stating that premium generated from the sale of school district general obligation bonds cannot be used for any purpose other than to pay debt service on the bonds.

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REMINDER: New Fingerprinting Requirements for All Contracts Became Effective January 1, 2022

Due to lingering questions in the education community, we are sending this Client News Brief as a reminder concerning new fingerprinting and criminal background check criteria for employees of any entity that has a contract with a local educational agency (“LEA”).

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