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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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Expiration of Expanded and Supplemental Leave under Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act and AB 1867

In March of 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed by Congress.

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Release of the 2020 Census Data, its Relevance under the California Voting Rights Act, and its Impact on Public Agency Elections

In October of 2020, the United States Census Bureau completed "the count" for the 2020 Decennial Census.

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