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MA Attorney General Clarifies State’s Open Meeting Boundaries

In a ruling with implications for public bodies across the state, the beleaguered Board of Selectmen in Foxboro, MA – long-time home of the New England Patriots and current battleground over a proposed Bob Kraft/Steve Wynn gambling casino – got some good news when the Attorney General’s Office ruled in its favor regarding alleged violations […]

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Open Meeting “Sunshine” Blinds Politicos Far & Wide

The Judicial Branch really gets the concept of transparency.  Although there are occasional missteps, overwhelmingly the Courts understand how all this Open Meeting & Sunshine stuff really needs to work.  For example, when the Supreme Court has a closed-door, Justices-only conferenceto discuss the future of healthcare, the secrecy of those discussions is universally viewed as […]

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Martha Coakley

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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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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New Open Meeting Law Makes an Impact

The digital age is making a very strong impact in our local governments!  A new Open Meeting Law has taken hold.  This law allows people to attend these meeting via video-conferencing or by telephone, if this was previously approved. The Attorney General worked on draft regulations and released the final edition recently.  Remote participation in […]

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