Remote Meetings During Declared Emergencies

Background

During times of crisis or emergency, it is essential that public agencies are able to continue to provide critical services to the public. To assist in those efforts CSDA is sponsoring Assembly Bill 361 (Rivas), which will allow public agencies to meet remotely, as they do now under the Governor’s Executive Orders related to COVID-19.

If passed by the Legislature, Assembly Bill 361 (Rivas) would allow the following:

  • While maintaining transparency and public access, local agencies would be able to meet remotely during a declared state of emergency or a declared local emergency
  • While agencies would still be required to post agendas and meeting information, agencies would not be required to post meeting notices and/or agendas in physical locations when remotely meeting during an emergency
  • While the public must continue to have access to the remote meeting and provided the ability to make public comment, agencies would not be required to make all remote meeting sites accessible to the public, nor include the remote location details in the meeting notice or agenda during a declared state of emergency or a declared local emergency
  • Additionally, agency board members would not be required to be at remote sites within the territorial bounds of the agency during a declared state of emergency or a declared local emergency


Click here for the AB 361 (Rivas) Fact Sheet which contains more details and background on the bill.

CSDA requests that your district send in a letter of support for this measure using the sample letter provided on this page. Alternatively, you may send in an automated form letter of support using the link provided on this page.


If submitting a Custom District Letter: Once you have completed your letter, be sure to send it to your local State Assembly Member and State Senator while including CSDA (advocacy@csda.net) among the recipients - that way, CSDA can ensure your letter makes its way to the appropriate stakeholders.