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Press Release AG’s Office to Hold Open Meeting Law Trainings Throughout Massachusetts

For immediate release:
9/12/2019
  • Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

Media Contact for AG’s Office to Hold Open Meeting Law Trainings Throughout Massachusetts

Meggie Quackenbush

BostonIn an effort to inform the public and government officials about the Open Meeting Law and its requirements, Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office will hold five free trainings on the law throughout the state as well as several online webinars this fall.

The trainings are part of a broad effort by the AG’s Office to assist public bodies and members of the public in understanding and complying with the requirements of the state’s Open Meeting Law. State, local, regional, and county public bodies are required to comply with the Open Meeting Law.

Fall 2019 regional educational forums will be held on the following dates:

Brookline
Thursday, September 19
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Brookline Town Hall, Select Board’s Hearing Room, Sixth Floor
333 Washington Street, Brookline

Somerset
Wednesday, September 25
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Somerset Public Library, Captain’s Community Room
1464 County Street, Somerset

East Longmeadow
Thursday, October 17
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
East Longmeadow’s Council on Aging Building/Senior Center
328 North Main Street, East Longmeadow

Hanover
Wednesday, October 30
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
John Curtis Free Library, Downstairs Meeting Room
534 Hanover Street, Hanover

Southborough
Wednesday, November 20
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Southborough Senior Center
9 Cordaville Road, Southborough

The Open Meeting Law trainings will be conducted by attorneys from AG Healey’s Division of Open Government, are open to the public, and 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 applicable; and 4) the location of the educational forum they will attend.

The AG’s Office will also continue its monthly webinar trainings this year and currently has two scheduled for Tuesday, September 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday, October 8 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.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. As additional webinars are scheduled, details will be posted on the AG’s website. 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 17,750 telephone and email inquiries from members of public bodies, municipal counsel, and the public. The Division has also conducted 66 regional trainings across the state, 46 webinars, and issued more than 1,380 written determinations.

For more information on the Open Meeting Law, visit the AG's website.

Media are welcome to attend.

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Media Contact for AG’s Office to Hold Open Meeting Law Trainings Throughout Massachusetts

Office of Attorney General Maura Healey 

Attorney General Maura Healey is the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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