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AB 557 Faces Next Committee Test: Senate Governance and Finance

By Vanessa Gonzales posted 06-05-2023 02:43 PM


CSDA’s sponsored bill, Assembly Bill 557 (Hart), will be heard tomorrow morning, June 7, in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. Provided that the bill passes out of that committee, it will next be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee — meaning AB 557 must pass both committees before the State Senate’s July 14 deadline for policy committees to meet and report bills.

Over 120 special districts and interested agencies throughout California have joined CSDA in supporting AB 557; if your agency wishes to get involved and support CSDA’s efforts to get this bill signed into law, visit our Take Action page for AB 557 and consider sending in a letter of support using either the sample template provided or by using CSDA’s automated form letter process.

AB 557 will eliminate the sunset included in the provisions added to the Brown Act by AB 361 (R. Rivas, 2021), effectively preserving those provisions added by CSDA’s previously-sponsored legislation. AB 557 also revises the timeframe agencies have to pass a resolution reaffirming their temporary transition to emergency remote meeting procedures, increasing that window to 45 days (up from 30 days).