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In the State of Massachusetts, M.G.L. Chapter 30A, Sections 18-25 state all governmental bodies must have meetings that are open to the public and readily available to anyone who wishes to attend.

The Massachusetts Open Meeting Law applies to governmental entities at the state and local levels. In general the Law requires that meetings of such entities be open to the public, that notice of such meetings be publicly posted at least 48 hours prior to a meeting (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays and except in an emergency) and that accurate records of the meeting be kept and made available to the public.

Meeting Calendar

Public Notice - Open Meeting Law Order

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker issued an executive order regarding suspending certain provisions of the open meeting law M.G.L. c. 30A, § 20. As a result of this executive order, all government boards in Massachusetts may now meet without a physical quorum of members present and without public access to the physical meeting locations.

In order to ensure the continuation of active public engagement, the City of Worcester will now use a phone conference line for members of the public to participate in all public meetings.

To participate during the public participation phase of City Council, Sub-Committees and Boards and Commissions you may call the direct lines indicated:

  • Esther Howland Chamber - 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 735751404)
  • Levi Lincoln Chamber - 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 730323290)

The City of Worcester will also allow residents to live stream all public meetings via the City of Worcester website and the Local Government Channel.

Recent Meeting Video

Archive

Beginning in January 2002 supporting documentation for City Council and City Council Standing Committee agenda items are available via the "Attachments" hyperlink next to an item on the agenda face.

Beginning with the 2020-2021 City Council, the Standing Committees were reorganized. The reorganization included merging Municipal Operations and Rules & Legislative Affairs into the Committee on Municipal & Legislative Operations and merging Youth, Parks & Recreation and Veterans' & Military Affairs into the Committee on Veterans' Memorials, Parks & Recreation. In addition, the Committee on Urban Technologies, Innovations & Environment was added.