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Cost of Open Meetings Falls On Schools

The California Supreme Court has rejected arguments from school districts that the state should compensate them for abiding by open meeting laws.

Districts from Kern, San Diego and Santa Clara counties argued that the state should pay their costs of posting and mailing notices of meetings for their advisory councils and other smaller public bodies. The districts said following opening meeting laws costs them thousands of dollars each year. They claimed that requirements to post the notices are an “unfunded mandate,” and said that violates the California Constitution.

The unanimous court today disagreed.