Brown Act Law and Legal Definition

The Brown Act named after Ralph M. Brown, was an act of California State Legislature, passed in 1953, which guaranteed the public a right to attend, participate and discuss in meetings of local legislative bodies. This was enacted in response to mounting public concerns over secret meetings held by local elected officials to avoid public scrutiny. This Act solely applies to California City and county government agencies, boards, and councils. Brown Act protects the rights of citizens to participate in open meetings at local level and county level.