Newsom Issues Executive Order on Remote Public Agency Meetings

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-15-21 waiving the application of AB 361 until October 1, 2021, when the provisions of a prior executive order that established specified requirements for public agencies to meet remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic will expire.

AB 361, which was signed into law by Governor Newsom last week, extends the flexibilities provided in the Governor’s prior executive order to local and state bodies to hold public meetings electronically beyond the executive order’s September 30, 2021, expiration date. The order issued this week specifies that for any meetings held to determine if remote meetings are justified beyond September 30, local legislative bodies must follow statutory requirements established by AB 361.