The following is a media release from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office submitted to SOURCE.
BOSTON – In 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.
Two of the trainings are within a 30-minute drive from Framingham. They are:
- Brookline on Thursday, September 19 from 5:30to 7;30 p.m. at Brookline Town Hall at 333 Washington Street
- Southborough on Wednesday, November 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Southborough Senior Center, 9 Cordaville Road.
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.