Governor Signs Executive Order Generally Suspending the Application of AB 361 until October 1, 2021
Governor Newsom has signed Executive Order N-15-21, which generally suspends the application of Assembly Bill (“AB”) 361 until October 1, 2021. AB 361 is urgency legislation amending the Brown Act to allow legislative bodies of local agencies to meet remotely with relaxed teleconferencing requirements during declared emergencies under certain conditions. For more on AB 361, see our prior E-Alert.
Executive Order N-15-21 clarifies that the existing rules and procedures governing remote meetings will generally apply through September 30, 2021. These existing requirements were originally provided by Executive Order N-29-20 and extended by Paragraph 42 of Executive Order N-08-21. The updated procedural requirements of AB 361 will immediately apply, however, to any local legislative body that meets remotely to determine whether ̶ as a result of a gubernatorial proclaimed emergency ̶ meeting in person would present imminent risks to the health or safety of attendees.