Open Meeting Law

An Act relative to the open meeting law - H.3121 -

  • Under existing OML provisions, the public is permitted to attend meetings of public bodies besides the Legislature, namely all 351 municipal governments.

  • This bill would extend that democratic privilege to constituents wishing to monitor legislative proceedings of the State House.

Open Meeting Law (OML) is a policy already in place for the vast majority of governing bodies in the state. OML promotes transparency across a number of state-level meetings and to include the general public in the decision-making processes, the legislature has historically exempted itself from OML.

the decision makers

Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight

Who on committee has co-sponsored:

state senators:

Nick Collinsred x
Nick Collins (D)
Boston

chair

Joan Lovelyred x
Joan Lovely (D)
Salem

chair

John Velisred x
John Velis (D)
Westfield
Bruce Tarrred x
Bruce Tarr (R)
Gloucester
Liz Mirandared x
Liz Miranda (D)
Boston
Marc Pachecored x
Marc Pacheco (D)
Taunton

state representatives:

Antonio Cabralred x
Antonio Cabral (D)
New Bedford

chair

Chynah Tylerred x
Chynah Tyler (D)
Boston

chair

Christopher Markeyred x
Christopher Markey (D)
Dartmouth
Estela Reyesred x
Estela Reyes (D)
Carmine Gentilered x
Carmine Gentile (D)
Sudbury
Michelle Ciccolored x
Michelle Ciccolo (D)
Lexington
Mary Keefered x
Mary Keefe (D)
Worcester
Judith Garciared x
Judith Garcia (D)
Chelsea
Rodney Elliottred x
Rodney Elliott (D)
F. Jay Barrowsred x
F. Jay Barrows (R)
Mansfield
Peter Durantred x
Peter Durant (R)
Spencer

Who has co-sponsored:

History of the bill

2025

Feb 2024

Reporting date extended to July 1, 2024

2024

Jul 2023

Joint committee hearing held

Feb 2023

Referred to the committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight

Jan 2023

Bill introduced as H.3121

2023