In an effort to address this issue before the law takes effect, the new Division of Open Government in the Attorney General's office has issued a Notice Posting Proposal suggesting alternative posting methods. It is inviting the public to comment on the proposal, with a requirement that comments be submitted by April 23.
"An outdoor, weather-proof bulletin board would seem the most obvious means" for a municipality to comply with the law, the notice says. But many municipalities are concerned "about their practical ability to post numerous meeting notices outdoors."
The AG is proposing four alternative methods:
- Posting notices on the town Web site and posting in or on an alternate town building (e.g., police or fire station) where the notice would be visible at all hours.
- Posting notices on cable television and posting in or on an alternate town building (e.g., police or fire station) where the notice would be visible at all hours.
- Placing a computer monitor or electronic bulletin board in a door or window of the municipal building in such a manner as to be visible to the public (including the disabled) from outside the building.
- Providing an audio recording of meeting notices, available to the public by telephone at all hours.
If you wish to comment on the proposed alternatives, submit them by April 23 to: Robert A. Nasdor, Director, Division of Open Government, Office of Attorney General, One Ashburton Place, 20th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.