Open Meeting Law

General Guidance

Meeting Notices

Meeting notices must be posted on the Town Calendar at least 48 hours in advance, exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Notices must include an agenda containing a “list of topics that the chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting”. Notices must be posted in accordance with state law and Article 3.21 of the Town’s General By-laws.


The minutes of public meetings must include the date, time, place and identity of the members present or absent at the meeting and the actions taken. Minutes must also include a summary of the discussion on each subject, a list of documents used at the meeting and any decision or action taken including a record of all votes.


Oversight and enforcement of the Open Meeting Law is conducted by the Office of the Attorney General.

For further guidance on the Open Meeting Law, please refer to the Attorney General’s Public Body Open Meeting Checklists, view the State Open Meeting Law educational materials website.