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Open Meeting Law Training

The purpose of the Open Meeting Law (OML) is to ensure transparency in the deliberations on which public policy is based.  Because the democratic process depends upon the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action, the OML requires, with some exceptions, that meetings of public bodies be open to the public.  It also seeks to balance the public’s interest in witnessing the deliberations of public officials with the government’s need to manage its operations efficiently.

This training will provide an overview of the OML, what the OML requires of a local housing authority, what constitutes a breach of the OML, executive session and when and how it can be utilized, participation by board members who may not be physically present at a public meeting, public participation, and record keeping required by the OML.  Best practices will be discussed, and examples will be provided.

 



About the Instructors

 

Jonathan Driscoll became a Partner at Driscoll & Driscoll, P.C. in 2012. In his time at Driscoll & Driscoll, P.C., Jonathan has quickly become an expert in the public housing industry in Massachusetts.  In addition to his work in public housing, Jonathan has worked in the areas of criminal law, estate planning, investigations, and business organization services.  While working for the Boston Housing Authority, Jonathan litigated Section 8 termination hearings and also assisted in corporate by-law restructurings.  Jonathan has also worked for the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General and the Law Offices of Larry Conway in San Diego, California.  Jonathan has made numerous presentations and lectured to public housing officials and groups throughout the United States including PHADA, the New England Regional Council of NAHRO, Massachusetts NAHRO, and the Alabama Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. He is licensed to practice law in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

Registration

Registration fee is $149 per person and includes morning coffee, lunch and all materials. The workshop is open to housing authority staff as well as board members and will go from 9 AM - 1 PM.

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Note: Please be sure to submit the completed Registration Form in addition to completing payment information.

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