Ask the MMA

“Ask The MMA” is based on the research of MMA staff members in response to questions from members. Many of these questions have appeared in the MMA’s Municipal Advocate magazine.

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Can members of a board discuss official business in an informal setting?        January 15, 2009
What constitutes a quorum at a public meeting?        January 15, 2009
Can discussions among board members constitute a quorum if a majority of members are not physically present?        January 15, 2009
Are the minutes of an executive session subject to the Open Meeting Law?        January 15, 2009
Can audio and video recordings of meetings take the place of minutes?        January 15, 2009
Should we be doing quarterly projection reports?        June 30, 2008
What exactly is ‘free cash’?        June 30, 2008
What is a performance rights organization, and what is its role in public music performances?        March 03, 2008
Does every performance of copyrighted music in a municipality require a license?        March 03, 2008
Can a community use a surveillance camera to ticket red-light runners?        March 03, 2008
Must cities and towns wait until October to hold a hearing on introducing a split tax rate?        August 29, 2007
Do town managers in different towns have roughly the same authority?        August 29, 2007
How many cities and towns appoint their town clerks?        August 29, 2007
How many cities and towns have a split tax rate?        August 29, 2007
What restrictions are different for special municipal employees?        May 29, 2007
What is the 'special municipal employee' designation?        May 29, 2007
Are municipalities liable for the Free Rider Surcharge?        April 12, 2007
Will my municipality be assessed because we do not provide health coverage to all employees?        April 12, 2007
Are there income tax implications to the expanded dependent coverage?        April 12, 2007
Did the definition of dependent in Chapter 32B change?        April 12, 2007
Does the Health Care Reform legislation require broader dependent coverage?        April 12, 2007
Can a public employee solicit donations from individuals with whom he conducts official business?        May 31, 2006
Can a municipal department head hire a department employee to do work on his or her home?        May 31, 2006
Can a board member who owns a business review a subdivision application abutting the business?        May 31, 2006
Can health benefits be pro-rated for part-timers?        June 29, 2006