‘OML OMG’ or ‘Free At Last’
Thu, 08/15/2019 - 8:09pm Heraldgroton
I have read your article on the Open Meeting Law. When I was a Select Board member some years ago I attended an Open Meeting Law training session. The session was 2 hours long. Most of the training material included detailing the mistakes Towns have made in implementing the Law. In the question and answer period, a number of questions were raised. Almost all the answers provided by our expert started with “It depends”.
I honestly did not know on some occasions whether or not I had observed or violated the Law. For example, one question that was never cleared up – could I have responded to public email (like the listserv) when other Board members saw it? Did I know? How could I know? Did they read it and not respond? In order to be safe, I decided that I would not talk to any other Select Board member about anything remotely relevant to Town business, even if we meet casually. Ditto to emails. No more.
It’s a great relief that I am no longer a Board member, as now I can speak freely to others in Groton. I do not completely understand the proposed changes to the Law, but I sincerely hope that some changes will be made so that the intent and purpose of the Law is made more clearly and unambiguously to those of us outside of Boston.
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