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Let’s Keep Remote Access to Meetings

For the last two years, we’ve been able to participate remotely in Select Board and school committee meetings, legislative hearings, and more.  The emergency requirement for all meetings subject to the Open Meetings law to offer remote access expires July 15.  LWVMA is backing legislation to make remote access and participation permanent, H.3152/S.2082. The bill does not apply to annual Town Meetings, which are not covered by the Open Meetings law, but by different requirements.

In the meantime, you and your League can ask your town officials to continue to offer remote participation in board and committee meetings.  Such access benefits people otherwise unable to attend meetings in person—seniors, people with disabilities, parents of young children.  You don’t have to wait for the legislation to pass.  You can ask now.  Use one of the League’s major principles:

“The League of Women Voters believes that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation in government and requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings, and making public records accessible.”  LWV-impact-2020  p. 10.