The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act

The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (“the Act” or “the Bagley-Keene Act”), set forth in Government Code sections 11120-111321, covers all state boards and commissions. Generally, it requires these bodies to publicly notice their meetings, prepare agendas, accept public testimony and conduct their meetings in public unless specifically authorized by the Act to meet in closed session. Following is a brief summary of the Act’s major provisions. Although we believe that this summary is a helpful road map, it is no substitute for consulting the actual language of the Act and the court cases and administrative opinions that interpret it.


A Handy Guide to The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act 2004

Guide to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act 2017 

Government Code Section 11120-11132