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"State and municipal officials would face fines if they intentionally violate the state's Open Meeting Law, according to legislation pending on Beacon Hill.Read more.
"Opponents said the legislation would discourage people from serving in government and would clog the courts with more lawsuits. Supporters said the bills are needed to toughen enforcement of the law.
"Six bills to overhaul the law were filed by Rep. Arthur J. Broadhurst, D-Methuen, at the request of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association."