Posting of Notices for Public Meetings/Hearings

The Open Meeting Law was revised as part of the 2009 Ethics Reform Bill, and now centralizes responsibility for statewide enforcement of MGL Chapter 30A in the Attorney General’s Office.

The purpose of the Open Meeting Law is to ensure transparency in the deliberations on which public policy is based.  Because the democratic process depends on the public having knowledge about considerations underlying governmental action, the Open Meeting Law requires, with some exceptions, that meetings of public bodies be open to the public.  It also seeks to balance the public’s interest in witnessing the deliberations of public officials with the government’s need to manage its operations effectively. 

Except in cases of emergency, a public body must provide the public with notice of its meeting 48 HOURS in advance, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Notice of emergency meetings must be posted as soon as reasonably possible prior to the meeting.

Public meeting notices must be posted:

  • in a legible, easily understood format;
  • contain the date, time and place of meeting;
  • and list the topics that, as of the time the notice is filed, the chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting.

The list of topics must be sufficiently specific to reasonably inform the public of the issues to be discussed at the meeting.  While not required under the Open Meeting Law, public bodies are encouraged to make a revised list of topics to be discussed available to the public in advance of the meeting if the body intends to discuss topics that come up within the 48 hour period before the meeting.

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This information can also be found on the bulletin board located on the 1st Floor of Boston City Hall (Congress Street Entrance).

Meeting Accomodation Notice:

All meetings held by the City of Boston are required to be accessible to persons with disabilities under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Accommodations are available upon request to persons with disabilities who require alternately formatted materials or auxiliary aids to ensure effective communication and access to meetings of City departments or programs. Please allow at least 10 business days to arrange for accommodations. All requests should be sent to:

Kristen McCosh, Disability Commissioner and ADA Title ll Coordinator

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