Posted on May 1, 2012 at 12:00PM
Updated on May 1, 2012 at 3:00PM

Open Meeting Law Advisory Commission
Notice of Meeting

Meeting Date: Monday, May 7, 2012
Time: 10:00AM
Location: 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Room D, Boston, MA

Listing of Topics

  1. Open meeting (Chair)
  2. Review and approval of draft minutes from February 23, 2012
  3. Report from the Attorney General’s Division of Open Government, regarding the Open Meeting Law and the activities of the Division of Open Government
    1. Division of Open Government statistical update
    2. Update on trainings conducted by the Division of Open Government
    3. Top 5 questions received by the Division of Open Government since the last Commission meeting
    4. Update on regulations/guidelines on specificity of meeting notice topics
    5. Status of proposed amendment to 940 CMR 29.02 – the definition of “Knowing or Knowingly”
  1. Status of bills pertaining to the Open Meeting Law currently pending in the Legislature
    1. H. 1734: An Act Relative to the Open Meeting Law
    2. H. 830: An Act Amending the Open Meeting Law
    3. H. 848: An Act to Include the Legislature in the Open Meeting Law
    4. H. 2594: An Act Relative to Open Meetings
    5. S. 1627: An Act Relative to the Accountability of the Governor's Council
    6. H. 3037: An Act Relative to the Open Meeting Law
    7. S. 569: An Act Relative to the Rights of Faculty Members at the University of Massachusetts
    8. S. 1625: An Act Relative to Open Meetings
    9. House Docket 04135: An Act to Enhance Technology in Civic Engagement
  1. Discussion on the use of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s website to post information about municipalities’ experience with remote participation
  2. Discussion on expediting Open Meeting Law decisions – Gary Lopez correspondence
  3. Discussion on the public bodies meeting during Town Meeting frequently asked question – Frederic Turkington email and City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association correspondence
  4. Discussion on the use of electronic devices, such as iPads, text messaging, and web chat, during open meetings
  5. Public comment
  6. Items not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
  7. Confirmation of next meeting date
  8. Adjourn

If any member of the public wishing to attend this meeting seeks special accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Philip Mantyla at 617-963-2055, or at Philip.Mantyla@state.ma.us.