September 22, 2017

Board Service Academy

New Open Meeting Requirements & Training Impacting Local Boards

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed the new Open Meetings Act training requirements for public bodies (HB 880 of 2017 / SB 450 of 2017). Public bodies, including local school boards, must comply with the new requirements by October 1, 2017.

As part of these new requirements, at least one member of each local Board of Education must be designated to take a training class on the Open Meetings Act. The designated local board member has 90 days after the designation to take the class.

MABE is now a designated provider of this course and will offer two immediate opportunities for training:

1. September 14, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – MABE office – Online Registration

2. November 3, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – MABE office – Online Registration

3. December 8, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Washington County Board of Education (10435 Downsville Pike, Hagerstown MD 21740)

Online Registration

MABE’s training will focus on the unique role of local school board members. A more general training class can also be taken online through the Office of Attorney General and the University of Maryland’s Institute for Governmental Service and Research. Courses are also available by MACo through the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance or the Maryland Municipal League (MML).

PLEASE NOTE: When going into closed session after October 1, a public body must either have a least one designated and trained member present or alternatively, follow and complete the Compliance Checklist for Meetings Subject to the Open Meetings Act developed by the Office of the Attorney General. If the checklist option is used, the checklist must be included in the meeting minutes.    

If you have any questions regarding the new Open Meetings Act requirements, please contact Steve Bounds, Director of Legal & Policy Services, at 410-841-5414 or