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
Mon, Sep 27, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Town Hall - Upstairs Meeting Room
Posted to: Board of Health
  • Attached File: Board of Health 2021-09-27 Agenda 2
  • Selectboard Meeting -- SCHEDULED
    Mon, Sep 27, 2021, 6:30 pm
    1 Avenue A, Turners Falls and see zoom link under Selectboard Meeting Agenda
    Posted to: Board of Selectmen
  • Attached File: Board of Selectmen 2021-09-27 Agenda
  • Attached File: Meeting Material 2021-09-27
  • Mon, Sep 27, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Gill-Montague Council on Aging 62 Fifth St. Turners Falls, MA. 01376
    Posted to: Library Trustees
  • Attached File: 2021-09-27 Library Trustees Meeting Agenda
  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021, 9:00 am
    Annex Meeting Room - Town Hall
    Posted to: Retirement Board
  • Attached File: Retirement Board 2021-09-28 Agenda
  • Tue, Sep 28, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Posted to: Cemetery Commission
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