Maryland's Open Meetings Act
Welcome to Maryland's Open Meetings Act, an online class offered jointly
by the State of Maryland Office of the Attorney General and University of
Maryland's Institute for Governmental Service and Research. Initially enacted in 1977 to
foster transparency in government, the Open Meetings Act strikes a balance between the right of
citizens to know public business and the need of public bodies to keep certain types of information
confidential. This class reviews the purpose of the Act, as well as its application and procedural
requirements. Enforcement provisions and the Open Meetings Compliance Board (OMCB) are also
Upon completion of this virtual class, you will be able to:
- Describe the purpose of the Open Meetings Act.
- Determine when the Act applies.
- Understand the ground rules for holding a meeting that is subject to the Act.
- Determine when and how a public body can close a meeting to the public.
- Determine what minutes and other documents are required by the Act.
- Understand how the Act is enforced.