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COVID-19 Update: New Executive Order N-35-20 and LAO Resources Web Page

March 24, 2020

New Executive Order Includes Further Brown Act Changes and Extension of the Tort Claims Act

On March 21, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-35-20, which provided that all members of a local legislative body may receive updates (including, but not limited to, simultaneous updates) relevant to the declared emergency (including, but not limited to, updates concerning the impacts of COVID-19, the government response to COVID-19, and other aspects relevant to the declared emergency) from federal, state and local officials, and may ask questions of those federal, state and local officials, in order for members of the legislative body to stay apprised of emergency operations and the impact of the emergency on their constituents. Executive Order N-35-20 further states that nothing in the order permits the members of a local legislative body to take action on, or to discuss amongst themselves, any item of business that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the legislative body outside of the Brown Act.

Additionally, Executive Order N-35-20 provides a 60-day extension of time for presenting a claim against a public entity pursuant to Government Code § 911, et seq.

A complete copy of Executive Order N-35-20 can be found at the link below.

New Resource from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office

On March 23, 2020, the California Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) launched a new web page which will list COVID-19 federal actions affecting California. The web page can be found at the link below. It contains a link to an article titled Unemployment Insurance for Workers Impacted By COVID-19. More links will go up as events warrant.

For more information, please contact your Keenan Representative.

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