Thursday, May 12, 2011

Budget cuts hinder Brown Act enforcement

Among the casualties of the state budget crisis is the Brown Act that regulates open-meetings. Sara Rubin of the Monterey County Weekly reports that the state Legislature last year cut $17 million for reimbursing local government costs associated with Brown Act compliance. That means there is no way to enforce some of the act’s key components, like posting agendas before public meetings. “I won’t say categorically we can’t enforce anything, but for anything connected tightly to the posting of agendas, we’d be in trouble,” says Monterey County Chief Assistant DA Terry Spitz.

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