Maryland's Open Meetings Act is a statute that requires many State and local
public bodies to hold their meetings in public, to give the public adequate
notice of those meetings, and to allow the public to inspect meetings minutes.
The Act permits public bodies to discuss some topics confidentially. The Act's
goals are to increase the public's faith in government, ensure the
accountability of government to the public, and enhance the public's ability to
participate effectively in our democracy. The Open Meetings Compliance
Board issues advisory opinions in response to written complaints about
violations of the Act. The Compliance Board is an independent State entity, and
its three members are appointed by the Governor. Although the Compliance Board
is not part of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office provides the Board with
administrative staff and legal advice and also publishes its opinions and
notices on the OFfice of Attorney General website. The Compliance Board has no office or budget of its
own.For an overview of the Act, including information on when the Act
applies and how the complaint procedure works, see Open
Meetings FAQs - A Quick Guide to Maryland's Open Meetings Act.For
in-depth information on the Act, see the Open
Meetings Act Manual (2015).
NEW - Agenda and minutes requirements effective October 1, 2016Before submitting a complaint to the
Open Meetings Compliance Board, please read the Compliance Board's Complaint Procedures. For
the steps that a public body must take when a meeting is subject to the Act, see
the Compliance Checklist and other forms
in the "Forms and Checklist" box below. The Compliance Board's opinions
can be researched through the topical index.
Compliance checklist for
Statement for closing a meetingMS
Word | PDF
Statement for closing a meeting (with instructions) MS Word | PDF
Opinions index, by
Procedures for Public
Bodies in Violation
Online Class on the
Open Meetings Act (updated October 1, 2014)
Outline of Open Meetings Act
Text of the Open
Meetings Act as of October 1, 2014
New agenda and minutes requirements effective October 1, 2016
Training requirement for public
Open Meetings Act
Meeting information: The Compliance Board holds its annual meeting in August or September. When necessary, the Board meets specially during the General Assembly's session to respond to legislative requests for comments on legislation. Special meetings during a session (generally, mid-January through early April) must sometimes be called on short notice. All meeting notices will be posted below.
Email notifications: Members of the public may sign up for e-mail notifications. Those requests should be made to OpenGov@oag.state.md.us.
The Open Meetings Compliance Board will hold its annual meeting
at 1:00 p.m. on September 8, 2016, Arundel Center, Room
161, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. The public is
invited to attend. Agenda is posted
If you are interested in attending, please contact Ms. Deborah
Spence at OpenGov@oag.state.md.us
or 410-576-6327 so that we may make the necessary arrangements.
Special MeetingNone scheduled at this time.
Ms. Deborah Spence Office of the Attorney General, 200 St. Paul PL., Baltimore, MD 21202 Telephone: 410-576-6327 Fax: 410-576-7003 Email: OpenGov@oag.state.md.us Compliance Board's email: OpenGov@oag.state.md.us
Important notes: The Board does not address Public Information Act issues. Information on that law is here. The board also does not address alleged violations of the meetings laws applicable to private condominium and homeowners associations. Information on those laws can be found here.
200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
410-576-6300 / 1-888-743-0023 toll-free / TDD: 410-576-6372