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Massachusetts: Citizens cry foul on violations of open meeting law

In Middleton, the Board of Selectmen was accused of setting the town’s tax rate while its meeting was in recess.

In Marblehead, the Board of Health has discussed a key issue in secret for a year and a half.

In Wenham, a resident says she was in the bathroom when she overheard Planning Board members speaking unfavorably about her proposal before the meeting even started.  

Those are among the hundreds of complaints filed by citizens every year with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office alleging violations of the state’s open meeting law. The complaints range from the personal — a former South Essex Sewerage District employee alleges that he has been banned from attending public meetings — to the particular, including how and when meeting agendas are posted. Read more…