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, May 16, 2022, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
see Zoom link attached to the Agenda
Posted to: Board of Health
  • Attached File: Joint BOH and Selectboard Meeting 2022-05-16 Agenda
  • Mon, May 16, 2022, 6:30 pm
    see zoom link under Selectboard Meeting Agenda
    Posted to: Board of Selectmen
  • Attached File: Selectboard 2022-05-16 Agenda
  • Attached File: Selectboard 2022-05-16 Meeting Materials
  • Tue, May 17, 2022, 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Posted to: Town Clerk
  • Attached File: Annual Town Election May 17 2022
  • Tue, May 17, 2022, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Posted to: Energy Committee
  • Attached File: Montague Energy CommitteeAgenda 2022-5-17
  • Wed, May 18, 2022, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Town Hall Second Floor Meeting Room
    Posted to: Board of Health
  • Attached File: Board of Health 2022-05-18 Agenda
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