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Worcester Telegram & Gazette files 2 Open Meeting Law Complaints against Sturbridge selectmen in May

In May, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette filed two complaints with the Sturbridge, Mass., Board of Selectmen – one over an executive session and the other over remote participation in an open meeting.

The Salem (Mass.) News: Keep slots discussion in Danvers open to the public

The decision earlier this week by the gaming developer The Cordish Companies to pursue plans for a giant slots parlor somewhere in Massachusetts will certainly rekindle the debate in Danvers, one of the communities the company is considering as a location.

Let’s hope the town’s Board of Selectmen does a much better job of making the public a part of the conversation in the weeks to come. So far, the board seems more interested in secrecy than transparency. Earlier this month, selectmen met individually with Cordish officials so they wouldn’t be subject to the state’s Open Meeting Law, deliberately shielding themselves from public view on one of the most important issues to come before the town in decades.

Mass. communities test new remote participation provision in Open Meeting Law

By Richard Lodge, editor, MetroWest Daily News of Framingham, Mass. Almost a year after a change to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law allowing remote meeting participation by city or town officials – under special circumstances – fewer than a dozen Bay State communities have adopted the idea. In MetroWest, Franklin, Natick, Southborough, Wayland and the […]

Wayland, Mass., selectmen fined for violating Open Meeting Law

By Linda L. Segal, former Wayland selectman The Wayland Board of Selectmen’s egregious violation of the Open Meeting Law on July 8, 2010, shocked residents who watched it unfold before their eyes on live cable TV.   It was unimaginable that minutes before the board meeting began, then-chairman Steven Correia huddled with colleagues Thomas Fay, Susan […]