If you believe that a public body has violated the Act, you may file a complaint with the Open Meetings Compliance Board. The Board encourages members of the public who have questions about a public body's compliance with the Act to pose their questions first to a member of the public body or its staff or counsel.
Under § 3-211 of the General Provisions Article, a public body must take two steps after the Compliance Board has determined that the public body has violated the Open Meetings Act.
First, “at the next open meeting of the public body after the Board has issued its opinion, a member of the public body shall announce the violation and orally summarize the opinion." The law specifies that the public body “may not designate its counsel or another representative to provide the announcement and summary." The public body is not required to report the announcement to the Compliance Board, but should keep a record of it.
Second, “a majority of the members of the public body shall sign a copy of the opinion and return the signed copy to the Board." That may be accomplished either by sending an electronic copy to OpenGov@oag.state.md.us with a subject line that states the name of the public body and “Signed OMA Opinion," or by sending a hard copy to the Open Meetings Compliance Board, c/o Attorney General's Office, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202.
Please use only one method. You can also download these procedures here.
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