What is the Open Meeting Law?

The Massachusetts Open Meeting Law pertains to all municipal public bodies and provides transparency relative to their proceedings and deliberations. Fundamentally, the OML ensures that meetings are publicly posted with at least 48 hours notice, are guided by an agenda that properly informs the public of the topics to be discussed, and that the meeting minutes are recorded and reflect the topics that were discussed and any decisions related thereto. Additionally, the OML prevents a quorum of the board from meeting to discuss/deliberate on public business outside of a public meeting, including a prohibition on members engaging in a series of conversations that would have the net effect of creating a quorum.

Please see the Open Meeting Law Guide and Educational Materials available from the Massachusttes Attorney General's Office for further information on the rules, procedures, and how to file a complaint.

Appears in: Public Meeting FAQ

Calendar of Events
Wed, Jun 23, 2021, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Montague Town Hall Annex, One Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Wed, Jun 23, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Online Zoom, Senior Center, Montague
Thu, Jun 24, 2021, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Attached File: MHC 2021-06-24 Agenda
  • Mon, Jun 28, 2021, 6:30 pm
    Posted to: Board of Selectmen
    Wed, Jun 30, 2021, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    Posted to: Energy Committee
  • Attached File: Montague Energy Committee Agenda 2021-06-30
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