STATE OPEN MEETINGS LAW COMPLIANCE BOARD


[photo, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland] Appointed by Governor with Senate advice & consent to 3-year terms:
Jonathan A. Hodgson, Esq., Chair (chosen by Governor), 2018
Rachel Shapiro Grasmick, Esq., 2019; April C. Ishak, Esq., 2020.

Deborah P. Spence, Board Administrator
Ann MacNeille, Counsel

c/o Office of Attorney General
200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-6327; fax: (410) 576-7036
e-mail: opengov@oag.state.md.us
web: www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/OpenGov/OpenMeetings/board.aspx

200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, Maryland, January 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


Annual Report to Governor & General Assembly due Oct. 1.

Report (with University of Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service & Research & Academy for Excellence in Local Governance at School of Public Policy) to Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee & House Health & Government Operations Committee on cost-benefit analysis & status of developing list of contacts due Dec. 1, 2017 (Chapters 525 & 526, Acts of 2017).


In 1991, the State Open Meetings Law Compliance Board was authorized (Chapter 655, Acts of 1991).

The Board receives, reviews, and resolves complaints alleging a violation of Maryland's Open Meetings Law and issues a written opinion on whether or not a violation has occurred. The Board also evaluates how well public bodies comply with the Open Meetings Law and recommends improvements in the law to the General Assembly. With the Office of the Attorney General and interested organizations or persons, the Board additionally develops and conducts educational programs, and distributes educational materials on the requirements of the Open Meetings Law for the staffs and attorneys of public bodies, the Maryland Association of Counties, the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, and the Maryland Municipal League.

Appointed by the Governor with Senate consent, the Board consists of three members who serve three-year terms. The Governor designates the chair. The Attorney General's Office provides staff for the Board (Code General Provisions Article, secs. 3-201 through 3-213).

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