For Immediate Release - September 03, 2013

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

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office will hold three educational forums on the Open Meeting Law throughout the state during the month of October.

The forums are part of a broad effort by the AG’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 AG’s Division of Open Government and are open to the public. Since assuming responsibility for enforcement of the Open Meeting Law at all levels of government in July 2010, the AG’s Office has conducted 14 regional educational forums, reaching more than 800 attendees.

Canton
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Massasoit Community College

Canton Campus Lecture Hall
900 Randolph Street
Canton, MA

Danvers
Thursday, October 24, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
North Shore Community College

Danvers Campus Health Professions and Student Services Building
1 Ferncroft Road
Danvers, MA

Worcester
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Quinsigamond Community College

Worcester Campus, Room HLC 109A&B
670 West Boylston Street
Worcester, 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 nearly 100 trainings across the state, and issued more than 300 determinations. In October 2011, in an effort to provide greater transparency and access to the office’s decisions, all of the AG’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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