The purpose of the Open Meeting Law is to ensue transparency in the deliberation on which public policy is based. The Open Meeting Law supports the principle that the democratic process depends on the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action. The Open Meeting Law requires that most meetings of governmental bodies to be held in public. For more information, send a message to the Division of Open Government (firstname.lastname@example.org) within the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey or call 617-963-2540.
It seeks to balance the public's interest in witnessing the deliberations of public bodies that are either elected or appointed to make decisions on behalf of the community.
REGULATIONS, GUIDES AND FORMS
- Open Meeting Law Guide (Updated January 2018)
- The Open Meeting Law, G.L.C.30A,§§18-25
- The Attorney Generals' Regulations, 940 CMR 29.00-29.11
- Certificate of Receipt of Open Meeting Law Materials
- Open Meeting Law Complaint Form
- Public Body Checklist for Posting a Meeting Notice (AG 9/25/2017)
- Public Body Checklist for Creating and Approving Meeting Minutes (AG 9/25/2017)
- Public Body Checklist for Entering into Executive Session (AG 3/12/2013)