For Immediate Release - March 12, 2012

New Open Meeting Law Web Training Video Launched as Part of “Sunshine Week”

Web Training Aims to Better Inform Public and Government Officials about OML

BOSTON – As part of “Sunshine Week,” Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today that a new Open Meeting Law (OML) web training video has been posted online to serve as a resource to members of the public and public bodies seeking to understand the requirements of the OML.

The web training, titled “Open Meeting Law: Balancing Government Transparency with Government Efficiency,” is a narrated PowerPoint that can be found on YouTube and can also be accessed from links on the AG’s Open Meeting Law web page. 

“This web training is another way for our office to continue its efforts to educate people about the Open Meeting Law and its requirements,” said AG Coakley.  “The training offers a wealth of information on several topics so that viewers, whether they are members of the public, the press, or a public body, can better understand and follow the law.”

The web training is divided into six segments that together last approximately one hour.  The segments are: Intro and Definitions; Meeting Notices; Accessibility, Remote Participation and Public Participation; Executive Session; Meeting Minute and Records; and Certification and Complaint Process.  Viewers may watch the six videos in succession to cover the entire presentation, or may select specific videos on topics of interest.  The information in the presentation is current as of March 1, 2012. 

While this presentation is meant to provide an overview of the requirements of the Open Meeting Law, specific questions from the public should be addressed to the Division of Open Government at 617-963-2540 or at openmeeting@state.ma.us.

On July 1, 2010, following the passage of the Ethics Reform Act of 2009, Attorney General Coakley’s Office assumed responsibility for interpretation and enforcement of the OML from the state’s District Attorneys.  To ensure a continued and consistent focus on the Open Meeting Law, AG Coakley created the Division of Open Government which provides education about the OML’s requirements, enforces the OML, and acts as a readily accessible resource for members of public bodies, members of the public, government officials, and the press.  Since its creation, the Division has focused its efforts on educating members of public bodies and the public about the revisions to the OML and offering advice and guidance on the law.  For more information, please visit the Open Meeting Law section of the AG’s website.

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