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 29, 2022, 2:30 pm
Millers Falls Branch Library, 23 Bridge St, Millers Falls, MA 01349
Posted to: Library Trustees
  • Attached File: 2022-06-29 Library Trustees Personnel Subcommittee Agenda
  • Wed, Jun 29, 2022, 3:30 pm
    Second Floor Meeting Room and Assessors Office, 1 Avenue A Turners Falls MA 01376
    Posted to: Board of Assessors
  • Attached File: Board of Assessors 2022-6-29 Agenda - AMENDED
  • Wed, Jun 29, 2022, 6:00 pm
    tbd - see agenda for Zoom link
    Posted to: Finance Committee
    [no title] -- HOLIDAY
    Mon, Jul 4, 2022, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
    Selectboard Meeting -- SCHEDULED
    Mon, Jul 11, 2022, 6:30 pm
    1 Avenue A, Turners Falls and see zoom link under Selectboard Meeting Agenda
    Posted to: Board of Selectmen
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