For Immediate Release - February 20, 2014

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

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office will hold four free educational forums on the Open Meeting Law throughout the state this spring.

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 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 17 regional educational forums, reaching more than 1,000 attendees. Additionally, AG Coakley’s Division of Open Government has responded to thousands of inquiries about the law’s requirements, conducted or participated in more than 100 other trainings across the state, and issued nearly 400 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.

Spring 2014 regional educational forums will be held on the following dates:

Pittsfield
Thursday, March 20, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Reid Middle School
950 North Street
Pittsfield, MA

Chelmsford
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Training Room, Chelmsford Police Department
2 Olde North Road
Chelmsford, MA

Brookline
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Selectmen’s Hearing Room, 6th Floor
Town Hall
333 Washington Street
Brookline, MA

Provincetown
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Judge Welsh Meeting Room, Town Hall
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, 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.

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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