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New Options for Local Legislative Bodies to Access Public Meetings Remotely

State lawmakers have given members of local legislative bodies a new option for remote participation in public agency meetings.

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Senate Bill 1100 Addresses Disruptive Public Conduct at Public Meetings

On August 21, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 1100, which authorizes the presiding member of a legislative body to remove disruptive individuals during a public meeting.

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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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U.S. Department of Education Releases Proposed New Title IX Regulations

On June 23, 2022, the United States Department of Education (Department) released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 for public review.

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Football Coach Conducting Brief, Quiet, and Personal Post-Game Prayer on the Field

On June 27, 2022, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of a high school football coach holding that the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the United States Constitution’s First Amendment protected his personal and individual prayer on the field following three football games in October 2015.

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United States Supreme Court Speaks on Government Versus Private Speech in Residents' Display of Flags on Public Property

In Shurtleff v. City of Boston (2022) 142 S.Ct. 1583 (Shurtleff), the United States Supreme Court, for the first time, addressed a topic that presents a common and growing issue for public agencies related to the intersection between government versus private speech.

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50th Anniversary of Title IX

June 23, 2022, marks the 50th Anniversary of Title IX.

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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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