The Open Meeting Law

Learn about the Open Meeting Law or report a violation with the Attorney General's Division of Open Government.

Guidance Update – June 30, 2022

On February 15, 2022, Governor Baker signed into law a new session law, Chapter 22 of the Acts of 2022, which extends certain COVID-19 related measures including provisions regarding holding remote meetings and remote public access to meetings. This extension expires on July 15, 2022.

The Senate budget bill includes a provision that would extend the July 15, 2022, expiration to December 15, 2023. The Senate budget amendment is under consideration by the Budget Conference Committee. In addition, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on State Administration is considering bills that would make permanent changes to the Open Meeting Law. If the Legislature does not enact any changes or extensions, then beginning on July 15 meetings of public bodies will need to resume taking place in person at locations that are open and accessible to the public with at least a quorum of the public body physically present.

Updated guidance will be posted here as soon as available.

Please click the link below, “Updated guidance on holding remote and hybrid meetings until July 15, 2022,” for more information.