(Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 39, Section 23B)

The dual purpose of the Open Meeting Law is to foster openness and accountability in government while allowing certain limited governmental functions to be performed in private. The Law mandates that, with certain well defined exceptions, all governmental meetings and records are to be open and available for inspection by the public.

Attorney General Martha Coakley is vested with the authority to enforce the Open Meeting Law. Citizens who believe that they have knowledge of a violation of the Open Meeting Law should report the matter to the Attorney General's Office in writing.