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California Expands Public Access to Police Records

Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 16 on September 30, 2021, expanding the types of police officer records subject to disclosure pursuant to a public records request. This is an expansion of provisions enacted in SB 1421, that went into effect on January 1, 2019.

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California Public Records Act Balancing Exemption Protects COVID Information

Not all information held by the government is open to public inspection.

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AB 361 Creates Exemptions to Brown Act Virtual Meeting Requirements During a State of Emergency

On September 15, 2021, the Governor signed Assembly Bill (AB) 361, amending the Ralph M. Brown Act to allow local agencies to continue conducting public meetings remotely during a state of emergency, so long as certain requirements are met.

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California Supreme Court Rejects Expansion of the Prevailing Wages Requirement

On August 16, 2021, the California Supreme Court rejected arguments in two cases that sought to expand the definition of “public works” under the prevailing wage statutory scheme, which was designed to enforce minimum wages on construction or maintenance projects paid with public funds.

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Online Public Meetings Still Allowed Until September 30

On March 17, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order N-29-20. This order allowed local agencies to address emergent pandemic conditions by allowing local officials, and the public, to participate in public meetings via virtual platforms. Ordinarily, board attendance via teleconference is regulated by certain provisions of California’s open meeting law, the Ralph M. Brown Act (Brown Act).

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Face Coverings Still Required in Certain Circumstances under New Rules

The past two weeks have seen a flurry of changing guidance regarding the use of face masks at workplaces and schools.

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SB 203 Extends and Expands Protections to Juveniles relating to Custodial Interrogations

SB 203 Extends and Expands Protections to Juveniles relating to Custodial InterrogationsSenate Bill (SB) 203, signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom in late 2020, amended Welfare and Institutions Code section 625.6, relating to custodial interrogations of minors.

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SB 95 - COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On March 19, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 95 into law.

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Update on Timeline for Release of 2020 Census Redistricting Data and Impact On Upcoming CVRA Deadlines

As stated in our February 2021 Client News Brief (link here), the impact of COVID-19 caused the Census Bureau to delay delivery of the 2020 Census apportionment data to the states.

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