Transparency Laws

In California, a number of laws enable the public and the media to obtain information about public official activities and the decision-making process.


Understanding Transparency Laws

This piece explains California ethics laws relating to public agency transparency.


Supplemental Answers to Questions Posed at the Brown Act Webinar
From the Brown Act Webinar: Keeping Clerks Ahead of the Curve

On June 10, 2013, the Institute presented the Brown Act Webinar: Keeping Clerks Ahead of the Curve. We received many questions during the webinar that we were unable to respond to due to time constraints.


What Is Open Government?

A consortium of nonprofit organizations offers some thoughts in the context of their charge to evaluate the federal government’s open government efforts.


Gifts: When Someone Does Something Nice For You

In general, the public is skeptical about people trying to curry favor with public officials through gift-giving.