Educational Materials and Certification
Must all members of a public body sign the Attorney General's Open Meeting Law Certification Form, or only newly appointed and elected members of a public body?
All members of any public body must receive the educational materials prepared by the Attorney General upon taking the oath of office, if required or, if no oath is required, then before entering into the performance of the office. The municipal clerk is responsible for providing the educational materials to the members of local public bodies. The appointing authority, executive director or other appropriate administrator is responsible for providing the educational materials to members of regional, county or state public bodies. Within two weeks after receipt of the educational materials, the member shall certify the receipt of the materials on the form provided by the Attorney General and available on the AGO's website. Members of public bodies who do not have defined terms of office are considered qualified for their office every two years, beginning on January 1, 2011.
What materials must be distributed to newly appointed members of public bodies?
Members of public bodies must receive the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §§18-25; the Open Meeting regulations, 940 CMR 29.00; and the Guide to the Open Meeting Law published by the Attorney General. All materials are available on the Attorney General's website.