Local officials pan Massachusetts Open Meeting Law at municipal conference

The state's Open Meeting Law is "unfair and undemocratic." It "puts cold water on the process and stifles innovation." The law is used to "harass local officials," and its agenda is to make things easier for the press, "who have done nothing to deserve it."

Those are just a few of the comments made by small-town select board members and others on Saturday, following a presentation by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and her staffer Amy Nable on the state law that's designed to ensure that the public's business is conducted in the open.

Healy was elected attorney general in November, and Nable is chief of the office's Division of Open Government. The occasion was Sen. Stan Rosenberg's 2015 municipal conference held at the Clarion Hotel in Northampton, an annual event for local officials from Hampshire and Franklin counties. Continue>>>