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, Jan 30, 2023, 6:00 pm
via Zoom
Posted to: Selectboard
  • Attached File: FY23 LEGAL NOTICE AD -Public Hearing- MONT
  • Selectboard -- SCHEDULED
    Mon, Jan 30, 2023, 6:00 pm
    via Zoom
    Posted to: Selectboard
  • Attached File: Selectboard 2023-01-30 Agenda
  • Attached File: Selectboard 2023-01-30 Meeting Material
  • Retirement Board -- SCHEDULED
    Tue, Jan 31, 2023, 10:00 am
    Zoom - link on agenda
    Posted to: Retirement Board
  • Attached File: Retirement Board 2022-01-31 Agenda
  • Tue, Jan 31, 2023, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    via zoom
    Posted to: Cemetery Commission
  • Attached File: MCC 1-31-23 Agenda
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    Hybrid - 222 Turnpike Rd, Turners Falls, MA and ZOOM
    Posted to: Finance Committee
  • Attached File: Finance Committee 2023-01-31 Agenda
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