Posted on August 27, 2012 at 2:10PM

Open Meeting Law Advisory Commission
Notice of Meeting

Meeting Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Time: 1:00PM
Location: One Ashburton Place, 21st Floor, Room 2, Boston, MA

Listing of Topics

  1. Open meeting (Chair)
  2. Review and approval of draft minutes from May 7, 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

    a. Division of Open Government statistical update

    b. Update on trainings conducted by the Division of Open Government

    c. Top 5 questions received by the Division of Open Government since the last Commission meeting

    d. Status of proposed amendments to 940 CMR 29.00 –  Intentional Violation definition and remote participation

    e. Summary of comments received in response to Abatement FAQ and Quorum FAQ requests for comment
  4. Status of bills pertaining to the Open Meeting Law currently pending in the Legislature – Commission may vote on recommendations

    a. H. 1734: An Act Relative to the Open Meeting Law

    b. H. 830: An Act Amending the Open Meeting Law

    c. H. 848: An Act to Include the Legislature in the Open Meeting Law

    d. H. 2594:  An Act Relative to Open Meetings

    e. S. 1627:  An Act Relative to the Accountability of the Governor’s Council

    f. H. 3037:  An Act Relative to the Open Meeting Law

    g. S. 569:  An Act Relative to the Rights of Faculty Members at the University of Massachusetts 

    h. S. 1625:  An Act Relative to Open Meetings

    i. House Docket 04135:  An Act to Enhance Technology in Civic Engagement
  5. Discussion of potential legislation proposed by the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association regarding public bodies meeting during Town Meeting 
  6. Correspondence received

    a. Patricia Vinchesi – Discussion of methods to inform members of the public, public bodies, and counsel of Division of Open Government decisions

    b. George Harris – Discussion of the issuance of determinations vs. the issuance of advisory opinions as a way to reduce the number of Open Meeting Law violations
  7. Public comment
  8. Items not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours in advance of the meeting
  9. Schedule next meeting
  10. 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 774-214-4429, or at