Bill lets governor, local officials meet privately

5:24 PM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA (AP) - Legislation that would allow the governor to attend closed-door meetings with city councils, boards of supervisors and other local elected bodies has passed unanimously in the state Assembly.

The bill would apply to an exemption in the state's open meetings law that allows local officials to meeting privately to discuss public threats.

It was introduced at the request of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, after it was found to have violated the open meetings law last September. That's when it met with Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss his plan shifting certain inmates from state to county oversight.

The discussion was held privately despite complaints that it should be public.

On Thursday, lawmakers passed AB1736 by Republican Assemblyman Cameron Smyth on a 51-0 vote, sending it to the Senate.

The Associated Press

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