For Immediate Release - August 02, 2012

Attorney General's Office to Hold Four Regional Open Meeting Law Educational Forums Throughout State

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office will hold four educational forums on the Open Meeting Law throughout the state during the months of September and October.  On July 1, 2010, the Attorney General’s Office assumed responsibility for enforcement of the Open Meeting Law from the state’s District Attorneys, who previously enforced the law as it pertains to municipal and regional public bodies. 

The forums are part of a broad effort by the Attorney General's Office to assist public bodies in understanding and complying with the requirements of the Open Meeting Law.  State, local, regional, and county public bodies are required to comply with the Open Meeting Law.  The Open Meeting Law educational forums will be conducted by attorneys and staff from the Attorney General's Division of Open Government and are open to the public.

The regional educational forums on the Open Meeting Law will be held at the dates and times below:

Lenox
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lenox Town Hall
6 Walker Street
Lenox, MA

Barre
Thursday, September 20, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Quabbin Regional High School
800 South Street
Barre, MA

Taunton
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Taunton Superior Court House
9 Court Street
Taunton, MA

Barnstable
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Barnstable High School
744 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA

The educational forums are being offered free of charge.  All members of public bodies, municipal employees, and members of the general public are encouraged to attend.  Individuals interested in attending an educational forum are asked to register in advance by calling 617-963-2925 or by emailing OMLTraining@state.ma.us, and providing: 1) their first and last names; 2) town of residence; 3) the public body/organization they represent, if appropriate; and 4) the location of the educational forum they will attend.

Since assuming responsibility for enforcement of the Open Meeting Law, AG Coakley’s Division of Open Government has responded to thousands of inquiries about the law’s requirements, conducted or participated in 65 trainings across the state, and issued more than 130 determinations.  In October 2011, in an effort to provide greater transparency and access to the office’s decisions, all of the Attorney General’s Open Meeting Law determinations became available online through an interactive database, the Open Meeting Law Determination Lookup.

For more information on the Open Meeting Law, visit the Attorney General's website at www.mass.gov/ago/openmeeting.

Media are welcome to attend.

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