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Amherst Town Meeting OML Complaint

Amherst Town Meeting OML Complaint

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Complaint filed with Attorney General about documents not placed into the public record, and members taking advantage of a captive audience (on a bus) to try to influence them.
Complaint filed with Attorney General about documents not placed into the public record, and members taking advantage of a captive audience (on a bus) to try to influence them.

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 The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Office of the Attorney General
One Ashburton PlaceBoston, Massachusetts 02108 The Office of the Attorney General's Division of Open Government is responsible for interpretingand enforcing the Open Meeting Law. Pursuant to G.L. c. 30A, §23, the Open Meeting Lawrequires that complaints must first be filed with the public body that is alleged to havecommitted the violation, prior to filing a complaint with the Attorney General. The complaint must be filed with the public body within 30 days of the alleged violation, or if thealleged Open Meeting Law violation could not reasonably have been known at the time itoccurred, then within 30 days of the date it should reasonably have been discovered. Thecomplaint must set forth the circumstances which constitute the alleged violation, giving thepublic body an opportunity to remedy the alleged violation.Please complete the entire form, providing as much information as possible, to assist the publicbody in responding to your complaint. The Division of Open Government will not, and publicbodies are not required to, investigate anonymous complaints. You may attach additionalmaterials to your complaint if necessary. The public body may request additional information if necessary.For complaints alleging a violation of the Open Meeting Law by a local public body, you must filewith the public body and file a copy with the clerk of the city or town where the alleged violationoccurred. For complaints alleging a violation by a county, regional or state public body, you mustfile with the chair of the public body.If you are not satisfied with the action taken by the public body in response to your complaint,you may file a copy of your complaint with the Attorney General's Office 30 days after filing yourcomplaint with the public body. The Attorney General's Office may decline to investigate acomplaint that is filed with the Attorney General's Office more than 90 days after the allegedOML violation, unless an extension was granted to the public body or the complainantdemonstrates good cause for the delay. The complaint must include this form and any documents relevant to the alleged violation. Acomplaint may be filed either by mail or by hand:Office of the Attorney GeneralDivision of Open GovernmentOne Ashburton PlaceBoston, MA 02108
Instructions for completing the Open Meeting Law Complaint Form
OPEN MEETING LAW COMPLAINT FORM
 
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