AG’s Office Revises Open Meetings Tools & Templates

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has updated its online resources that assist local governments in complying with Maryland’s Open Meetings Act. In particular, changes reflect legislation that passed during 2018 Session (HB 695) that allowed a public body to go into closed-session to discuss cybersecurity matters. OAG has also added a template … Continue reading AG’s Office Revises Open Meetings Tools & Templates

Carroll County IDA Open Meetings Violation Highlights Importance of Training

A Carroll County Time article (2018-10-02) highlighted the importance of ensuring local public bodies, especially all-volunteer bodies, are in compliance with Maryland’s Open Meetings Act after the State’s Open Meetings Compliance Board found that the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) violated the Act in numerous ways over the last two years. The IDA was created to … Continue reading Carroll County IDA Open Meetings Violation Highlights Importance of Training

Still Need Open Meetings Act Training? Clear Your Calendar for April 12

The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance announces an additional session for their Open Meetings Act training, which meets the State of MD training requirements. During the 2017 Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed and Governor Larry Hogan signed into law new Open Meetings Act training requirements for public bodies (HB 880 / SB 450). … Continue reading Still Need Open Meetings Act Training? Clear Your Calendar for April 12

MACo Attorneys Conference to Tackle PIA, Open Meetings, Water Issues

County Attorneys, legal, and legislative staff are invited to attend the MACo Attorneys Conference as they discuss the Public Information Act (PIA), Open Meetings Act, water law issues such as pending Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load requirements and ongoing Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit litigation, attorney fee legislation, local government legislative initiatives … Continue reading MACo Attorneys Conference to Tackle PIA, Open Meetings, Water Issues

Upcoming Open Meetings Act Trainings

The Academy for Excellence in Local Governance announces additional sessions for their Open Meetings Act training, which meets the State of MD training requirements. During the 2017 Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed and Governor Larry Hogan signed into law new Open Meetings Act training requirements for public bodies (HB 880 / SB 450). Here … Continue reading Upcoming Open Meetings Act Trainings

Opening Up To The Open Meetings Act

MACo Summer Conference attendees opened up on Wednesday, August 16 to one of the most important meetings at the conference: the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance’s Open Meetings course.  John S. Mathias, County Attorney, Frederick County delivered the course, and the Honorable Chris Trumbauer, Council Member, Anne Arundel County served as moderator (and simultaneously … Continue reading Opening Up To The Open Meetings Act

Open Meetings Board Considers Legislation, Training Issues at 2017 Annual Meeting

The Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board (OMCB) held its 2017 annual meeting on August 3 in Annapolis and considered both potential legislation and training issues. MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp attended and offered comments, as did representatives from the Maryland Municipal League (MML), Dorchester County, and a private Anne Arundel County law firm. The … Continue reading Open Meetings Board Considers Legislation, Training Issues at 2017 Annual Meeting

Former Carroll Commissioner Sues Taneytown Over Alleged Open Meetings Violation

A Carroll County Times article (2017-07-31) reported on the civil action brought by former Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier against the Taneytown City Council and mayor for allegedly violating Maryland’s Open Meetings Act. Frazier’s husband, Donald Frazier, is a council member. Robin Frazier is representing herself as the plaintiff. Attorney Kevin Karpinski is representing the … Continue reading Former Carroll Commissioner Sues Taneytown Over Alleged Open Meetings Violation

Everything You Need to Know About the New Open Meetings Act Requirements

During the 2017 Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed and Governor Larry Hogan signed into law new Open Meetings Act training requirements for public bodies (HB 880 / SB 450). Public bodies have until October 1, 2017, to comply with the new training requirements. Here are the five things you need to know to be … Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About the New Open Meetings Act Requirements

Open Meetings Compliance Board – Annual Meeting August 3rd

Maryland’s Open Meetings Compliance Board will hold its annual meeting at 11:00 a.m. on August 3, 2017, in Room 161 of the Arundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland. The public is invited to attend. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ms. Janice Clark or call 410-576-7033 so that we may make the … Continue reading Open Meetings Compliance Board – Annual Meeting August 3rd