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The Importance of Accurate Meeting Minutes

Got a meeting? Here is why MEETING MINUTES should be kept. Accurate meeting minutes are an essential part of city, town, engineering, corporate, government and any other meeting. Why? To create an official record of what transpires.  Minutes are an invaluable source when questions arise regarding project status, responsibility, and implementation. Minutes are recorded and […]

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Background on the MA Open Meeting Law

The Massachusettts Open Meeting Law was initially adopted into the local government in 1975.  This meant public officials lost all rights to make decisions regarding public agenda privately.  However, this law spent years being unenforced or misconstrued.  Sometimes, government officials would discuss public information in cafes or over the phone, without a public presence. Ever […]

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Complaint of Open Meeting Law Violation

Rehoboth Financial Committee Resolves Meeting Minutes After Christopher Morra Reports Complaint FinCom member Christopher Morra filed a complaint against the Rehoboth Financial Committee for not including his testimony and motion in the meeting minutes.  This complaint was filed on December 14th citing that the minutes taken on October 13th violate the Open Meeting Law.  An entire […]

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Office Solutions Plus Offers Meeting Recording

There are many different areas within our local government.  Each area has regular meetings that must go on record.  This means that all sorts of different councils, boards and committees need someone to accomplish their meeting recording.  Did you know that Massachusetts by itself has over 350 cities and towns?  And each of these towns […]

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New Addition to the Open Meeting Law

A new condition to the Open Meeting Law in Massachusetts could take place.  Attorney General Martha Coakley proposed this new change.  This proposition makes a distinction in the violation of the Open Meeting Law.  If a public body knowingly violates the Open Meeting Law, then they will be subject to a large fine. This new […]

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New Resolution to Open Meeting Law Faces Opposition

In Tennessee, a resolution to the open meeting law is having some opposition.  This resistance was started by a member of the Tennessee County Commissioners Association.  This new resolution to the open meeting law will make it impossible for both the general public and the media to attend certain meetings of the local government. The […]

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Massachusetts Open Meeting Law

Not long ago, a new section to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law was added.  Beforehand, a lot of town business was taken care of without as much input from the citizens of the town.  There wasn’t much announcement on the specifics of each town meeting and citizens did not know what would be discussed at each meeting.  […]

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