Thursday, March 10, 2011

AG Begins Posting Rulings under Open Meeting Law

Ever since Attorney General Martha Coakley's office took over exclusive responsibility for enforcement of the open meeting law last July, a goal of the office has been to begin posting its rulings online. Beginning today, that goal is now a reality.

This afternoon, the AG's Division of Open Government posted all the determination letters it has issued to date under the new law -- 29 in total. These are the letters that the AG issues after investigating a complaint and deciding whether there has been a violation of the open meeting law.

"The determination letters are intended to be a resource and provide helpful guidance on the requirements of the Open Meeting Law," the AG's website says. "We intend to periodically update this section with newly issued determination letters, so please check back frequently."

These determination letters are part of a broader section of the AG's website devoted to the open meeting law. It includes the text of the law and regulations, a guide to the law, and a variety of materials, forms and resources related to the law.

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