AG: Health committees not subject to meeting law
February 28, 2012
Public employee committees created pursuant to Chapter 32B, Section 19, and insurance advisory committees created by Chapter 32B, Section 3, are not public bodies subject to the law, the advisory committee was informed by the Division of Open Government.
The division points out, however, that bodies created by a municipality to negotiate with a PEC may be public bodies, though some of their discussions may be appropriate for executive session under the provision allowing for discussion of strategy with respect to collective bargaining.
The Division of Open Government also reports that there will soon be new definitions included in open meeting law regulations for “knowing” and “knowingly.” A recently completed public comment period gathered feedback on the proposed definitions, which are intended to help differentiate between intentional and unintentional violations.
Final guidelines regarding remote participation in public meetings, issued last November, have been added to the “Attorney General’s Regulations Regarding Open Meetings.”
For more information, visit www.mass.gov/ago/openmeeting.
- Written by MMA Legislative Analyst Katie S. McCue