• Introduction to Video Presentation

    This presentation has been recorded by the Attorney General’s Division of Open Government to serve as a resource to members of the public and public bodies seeking to understand the requirements of the Open Meeting Law. The presentation is divided up into six videos, and is current as of August 2015. The run time for all six videos together is about one hour.  You may view the six videos in succession to cover the entire presentation, or you may select specific videos on topics of interest. In addition, a seventh video presentation regarding the compliance with laws governing public meetings as well as laws ensuring rights for persons with disabilities has been added, and is current as of March 2016. While this presentation is meant to provide an overview of the requirements of the Open Meeting Law, specific questions should be addressed to the Division of Open Government at 617-963-2540 or at openmeeting@state.ma.us.

    All of the following videos may also be viewed on our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MassAttorneyGeneral

Video #1: Introduction and Open Meeting Law Definitions

This video introduces the Open Meeting Law, explains the Attorney General’s role in enforcing the law, and provides an overview of the entire training presentation contained in the six videos. The video also explains the Open Meeting Law’s definitions of “public body”, “deliberation,” and “meeting.”

Video #2: Meeting Notices

In part 2, we explore the OML’s meeting notice requirements, addressing exceptions to the general notice rules and frequently asked questions.

Video #3: Accessibility of Meetings; Remote Participation; and Public Participation in Meetings

In part 3, we cover meeting accessibility, remote participation, and public participation in meetings of public bodies.

Video #4: Executive Sessions

In part 4, we explain executive, or closed, sessions.  We discuss the permissible reasons for holding an executive session, and the procedures that must be followed before the public may be excluded.

Video #5: Meeting Minutes and Records

In part 5, we discuss what information must be included in meeting minutes and what a public body’s obligations are when it receives a request for minutes or documents used at a meeting.

Video #6: Public Body Member Certification; Open Meeting Law Complaint Process; Resources and Contact Info

In part 6, we explain the certification requirement for public body members and walk through each step of the OML complaint process.

Video #7: Accessibility & OML Video Presentation

The purpose of this presentation is to provide guidance to public bodies and members of the public on compliance with laws governing public meetings as well as laws ensuring rights for persons with disabilities.