June 28, 2019
A recent ruling from Maryland’s Open Meetings Compliance Board holds that a series of communications, even one-to-one, may create the fabric of a meeting, and trigger the state’s “open meetings” laws. In a recent opinion , the State’s Open Meetings Compliance Board reviewed actions – largely email and text – among members of a Maryland County Council and determined that a substantive breach of the state’s OMA laws had occurred. Reaction from county law offices and stakeholders has been mixed, but may cause jurisdictions to reassess some of the more “informal” means used to arrive at custodial and administrative matters. Opinion excerpt and more details on MACo’s blog.
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Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally are joined by special guest Robin Eilenberg, MACo's research director, to discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis. At the top of the list is the 2019 MACo Budgets-in Brief survey . We discuss the latest county-by-county budget details, including taxes, salaries, and education funding.

And we explain why a recent ruling from Maryland’s Open Meetings Compliance Board may cause jurisdictions to reassess some of the more “informal” means used to arrive at custodial and administrative matters.
Listen to any MACo Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast

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