From The MetroWest Daily News:
Transparency laws are meant to make government officials’ actions and decisions open to the public to hold leaders accountable and ensure that citizens can play an active role in the democratic process.
NORTHAMPTON – It's been more than a year since the Northampton City Council held an executive session, but the last time it did meet behind closed doors, it violated the Open Meeting Law, according to a ruling this week by the state attorney general's office.
A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week:
Open meeting law needs looser definition
MASSACHUSETTS—At the risk of sounding like a geezer, I want to tell you a little about what it was like reporting on local government before there was such a thing as an open meeting law.
From The Herald News:
The Diman School Committee addressed an open meetings complaint filed by a Swansea resident during its session Thursday.
The complaint was filed by Patrick Higgins, a candidate for the Swansea Recreation Commission. It stated that the School Committee’s agendas did not include enough detail.
From Wicked Local Swansea:
Attorney General Martha Coakley has posted all Open Meeting Law rulings by the Division of Open Government on an interactive online database.
The attorney general’s office has been in charge of enforcing the law since 2010. Boards that run afoul of the Open Meeting Law are subject to a fine of up to $1,000.