The Attorney General has proposed revisions to the Open Meeting Law regulations, 940 CMR 29.00-29.10, in an effort to help members of public bodies and the public better understand the requirements of the Open Meeting Law and to update the regulations to conform with guidance issued by the Attorney General. The Attorney General welcomes public comment on these proposed regulations.
The Attorney General’s Open Meeting Law regulations currently provide guidance on 1) the definitions of terms contained within the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25; 2) the requirements for posting meeting notices; 3) the requirements for public body members to certify that they have reviewed the Open Meeting Law and education materials; 4) the Open Meeting Law complaint process; 5) advisory opinions; 6) other enforcement actions; 7) and the requirements for remote participation.
The proposed regulations provide additional clarification on these aspects of the Open Meeting Law and introduce new interpretations of the Open Meeting Law.
The public is encouraged to submit written comments on the proposed regulations. The regulations, both in clean and red-lined form, are linked below, as well as an explanation of the proposed changes:
- Proposed Regulations (Clean version)
- Proposed Regulations (Red-lined version)
- Explanation of Proposed Changes
The public comment period for these proposed regulations has ended.
Written public comments were accepted between June 20 and August 3, 2017. A public hearing was held on August 3 at the Leverett Saltonstall Building at 100 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA.