Open Meeting Law

On August 4, 2014, the Board of Selectmen voted to designate the town’s website (hanover-ma.gov) as an “alternate meeting posting location” effective January 1, 2015.

Beginning January 1, 2015, all meetings of public bodies within the Town of Hanover will be posted on this website, in accordance with Open Meeting Law, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30A, Section 19(a)Notices will no longer appear on the bulletin board outside the Town Clerk's Office.

Townspeople or other interested persons who do not have Internet access will be able to use the Internet accessible computer located outside the Town Clerk’s Office.  This computer will be available during normal Town Hall business hours.

For more information about the policy, please contact the Selectmen’s Office.  For more information about the Open Meeting Law, please contact the Attorney General’s Office or the Town Clerk’s Office.

The Open Meeting Law

The Open Meeting Law supports the principle that the democratic process depends on the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action. The Open Meeting Law requires that most meetings of governmental bodies to be held in public. For more information, send a message to the Division of Open Government within the Office of Attorney General Maura Healey or call 617-963-2540.

Open Meeting Law Training

Once every few years, the Town Clerk's Office and the Town Manager/Selectman's Office will host representatives from the Division of Open Government who will lead a training regarding the Open Meeting Law here in the Town of Hanover.  All such trainings will be open to the public, and will be geared toward members of public bodies and administrative liaisons to public bodies.