Superior Court Reverses AG on Open Meeting Law Violation – Hull v. Maura Healey, AG

Ruling in favor of the Town of Hull on Cross Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings in Town of Hull v Attorney General, Plymouth Superior Court No. 1583CV00161, the Superior Court In a judgment entered on December 18, 2017 reversed an Open Meeting Law violation finding by the Attorney General’s Office against the Hull Board of Selectmen.     The AG’s Office had found, among other things, a violation of the OML when the Hull Board of Selectmen, while using the correct language for the motion, failed to sufficiently identify the names of the unions and claimants which were to be discussed in the executive session.   The Town did not name them as doing so would compromise the purpose of the executive session.  The Superior Court found that the AG’s Office’s interpretation that such details were necessary was not found in the statute and in essence imposed an additional requirement not in the law.  The Court remanded the matter back to the AG’s Office for further review consistent with the opinion.  You can read the full decision by clicking on the following link:  Hull v.Healey, AG

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