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

2016 Open Meetings Act Manual Now Available

The Office of the Attorney General has released the 2016 version/9th edition of the Open Meetings Act Manual. This version incorporates all amendments made to the Act during the 2016 Session. The new manual offers better user access as it is posted in both individual chapters and a full printable version. Useful Links Open Meetings Act Manual, 9th Edition (December, 2016) … Continue reading 2016 Open Meetings Act Manual Now Available

Experts Open Up About Open Meetings at #MACoCon

On Wednesday, December 7 at 1:15pm, MACo Winter Conference attendees received an overview of Maryland’s Open Meetings Act Law at the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Core Class, “Open Meetings.” This class guided public officials in the requirements for providing public notice of the meetings that public bodies hold to conduct public business and for … Continue reading Experts Open Up About Open Meetings at #MACoCon

MACo Raises Concerns On Widely Expanded Open Meetings Training

MACo Legal and Policy Counsel, Les Knapp, testified in opposition to HB 823, General Provisions – Open Meetings Act – Enforcement and Training, and HB 1088, Open Meetings Act – Annual Reporting Requirement, Enforcement, and Training, to the House Health and Governmental Operations Committee on February 24, 2016. The bills had similar provisions, authorizing the Open … Continue reading MACo Raises Concerns On Widely Expanded Open Meetings Training

Surprising New Open Meetings Opinion: Public Body Can Be Meeting Even Without Quorum

An October 6, 2015, Frederick News-Post article reported on a recent opinion by the Open Meetings Compliance Board that  members of a public body can be having a “meeting” even if there is not a quorum present and thus violate Maryland’s Open Meetings Act.  The opinion, while advisory only not binding within a judicial context, … Continue reading Surprising New Open Meetings Opinion: Public Body Can Be Meeting Even Without Quorum

Governor Hogan Appoints 3 Attorneys To Open Meetings Compliance Board

A May 19 Daily Record article announced that Governor Larry Hogan has selected three attorneys to fill vacancies on the Open Meetings Compliance Board.  Assuming they are confirmed by the Senate, the appointments will allow the Board to resume its regular functions.  The Board reviews complaints brought against state and local government bodies for alleged … Continue reading Governor Hogan Appoints 3 Attorneys To Open Meetings Compliance Board