Bill would require all public meetings to have online option

By Published On: February 16, 2021

The global pandemic has inspired a new legislative proposal to permanently provide public access, via internet-based and call-in options, to all public meetings across California.

Assemblymember Alex Lee (D-25) and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-58) introduced AB 339 last month to require local and statewide government meetings are available through online services, such as Zoom, for anyone to participate.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the California Legislature adopted such options for the public to participate in hearings at the State Capitol.

The bill also requires translation services for major languages spoken by constituents and creates standards for posting meeting agendas and participation instructions.

 

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