Nov 25

The Chateau, Westborough



The Association will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at The Chateau Restaurant in Westborough.  The meeting fee for members is $50.00, which includes complete dinner and materials. The fee for non-members, or if your membership dues are delinquent, will be $60.00 (If you are unsure of your status, please call MMLA office). Reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. The dinner selections will be a delicious buffet with a variety of choices. If you have a special dietary need, please advise. Please be sure to register now. Reservations and cancellations may also be made by calling James B. Lampke, Esq., at 781-749-9922, fax 781-749-9923 Continue reading »

Nov 18


[November 18, 2015] – Earlier today, the House unanimously voted (157-0) to engross the redrafted public records law reform measure released earlier in the day by House Ways and Means.  The House-backed legislation reflects the efforts of the MMLA and MMA to improve prior versions particularly in the areas of compliance and enforcement.  Only ten amendments were filed to the legislation almost all off of which were either withdrawn or laid aside.

MMLA has issued the following statement on the HWM Public Records Reform Bill (H. 3858):

“The Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association (MMLA) appreciates the thoughtful work of House leadership reflected in the redrafted public records bill released by House Ways and Means and expected to be debated by the full House later today.  The bill includes several concepts advanced by MMLA and MMA to provide greater flexibility and balance in order to improve the legislation for the betterment of all participants in the process.” Continue reading »

Nov 17


[November 17] – Tomorrow, the full House is expected to debate public records reform legislation that has languished in committee since July. House Ways and Means is currently polling members on redrafted legislation that will be released in the morning around 10am. Amendments to the bill are due by 12:30pm. MMLA has worked tirelessly with MMA to improve the legislation over the past several months after succesfully delaying swift passage of the bill.  As action unfolds, please visit this page for updates.

Nov 17

[November 17, 2015] – On December 9th, The Public Law Section of the Mass Bar Association will host a mid-day seminar on Initiative Petitions.  For details, see: MBA Initiative Petitions

Nov 13

The Association’s next dinner meeting and seminar will be on Thursday, December 3, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at The Chateau in Westborough, 95 Turnpike Road (Route 9),  Westborough.


This timely and informative program will address the latest in liquor licensing law and procedure, offering practical tips for you and your local licensing team.  Be sure to let your local licensing team know of this program so they can also register for it.   Presenters include Christine Pulgini, Esq., City of Boston Licensing Board, and a municipal counsel to be announced.

For program details, see Upcoming Events:  Know Your ABCC’s!.

Nov 09

Earlier today [11/9/15], the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight heard testimony in connection with several bills that would make amendments to the state’s Open Meeting Law, including MMLA-backed legislation, H. 2775 filed by House Chairman Peter Kocot (D-Northampton) and others.  Among other things, the H. 2775 would allow public bodies to enter into executive session for the purpose of discussing non-labor contracts and licenses, real estate development agreements and matters protected by the common law attorney-client privilege.  This bill also allows the use of audio and video to satisfy the requirement for a written record of deliberations and would exempt certain volunteer bodies from the law.   The MMLA attended today’s hearing and voiced its support of the legislation.  Similar legislation was supported by MMLA last session.

Oct 07

The House is expected to debate public records law reform legislation currently pending before Ways and Means as early as next week. The bill, H. 3665, was teed up for a quick vote before the legislature’s summer recess until MMLA and MMA raised concerns with the bill and action on the proposal was delayed. MMLA has since worked with legislative leaders to improve the bill, including developing legislative improvements at the the request of the proposal’s lead sponsor, Rep. Peter Kocot, and meeting with Speaker DeLeo’s office. Among other things, MMLA pushed to modify the bill in the areas of compliance and enforcement. If approved by the House, the bill will advance to to the Senate for consideration.

Sep 30

On October 6, the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight will hold a public hearing on MMLA-backed legislation that would sanction the use of innovative public-private partnership (P3) structures to deliver and finance critically important public water, sewer and stormwater projects at both the state and local level.  The legislation, S. 1722, addresses the exacerbating funding gap identified by the state’s Water Infrastructure Financing Commission created by the demonstrated investment needs required to be made to our aging infrastructure and the expected decline in traditional government funding sources available for such purposes.  The bill is modeled after existing special legislation granting similar authority to municipalities across the state and P3 legislation found in other jurisdictions.  Besides MMLA, S. 1722 is supported by the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), the Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA) and Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE).  Other trade groups have also indicated interest in the legislation. Continue reading »

Sep 24

MMLA has updated the Legislative Update section of this website with a brief summary of bills filed in the current legislative session. (See LEG-UP # 15-5:   MMLA 2015-2016 Legislative Package)

On September 15th, MMLA testified at the hearing on S.122 (Zoning Reform Bill).  Springfield City Solicitor Ed Pikula, Attleboro City Solicitor Bob Mangiaratti, and Joel Bard of Kopelman & Paige made MMLA’s panel presentation to the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business to express the Association’s support for this legislation.  For a short summary of the provisions of S.122, click on Short Summary of S.122.

Jul 13

MMLA is pleased to announce the publication of the Municipal Law Quarter for Summer, 2015.   This edition includes the second of two parts focusing on real estate transactions by the Commonwealth through the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMMM).  The editorial board of the Quarterly hopes you enjoy this latest edition and that it contributes to your practice as municipal attorneys.  The Quarterly relies on contributions by members for its content.  If you would like to contribute an article please let me know.

The Quarterly is a must read for municipal counsel. It can be found under  menu tab in the Members Area of this website.  If you’re interested in contributing to the newsletter, please contact Stacey Bloom at

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