For Immediate Release - August 06, 2015

AG's Office to Hold Regional Open Meeting Law Educational Forums Throughout State this Fall

BOSTON - Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office will hold four free educational forums on the Open Meeting Law throughout the state this fall. The AG’s Office will also offer two live web-based trainings on the law.

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.

Fall 2015 regional educational forums will be held on the following dates:

Sandwich
Wednesday, Sept. 9
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
130 Main St., Sandwich

Cambridge
Thursday, Sept. 17
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
449 Broadway, Cambridge

Southbridge
Thursday, Sept. 24
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
41 Elm St., Southbridge

Avon
Thursday, Oct. 8
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Avon Town Hall
65 East Main St., Avon

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.

The AG’s Office is also conducting online webinars on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Attendees can participate entirely online and will be able to submit written questions during the training and receive real-time responses from Division attorneys. Those interested in registering or receiving additional information about the webinar may do so by emailing OMLTraining@state.ma.us.

Since assuming responsibility for enforcement of the Open Meeting Law at all levels of government in July 2010, the AG’s Division of Open Government has responded to more than 11,000 telephone and email inquiries from members of public bodies, municipal counsel, and the public. The Division has also conducted 29 regional trainings across the state, 11 webinars, and issued more than 640 written determinations.

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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