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Public Meetings

MHT logoMaryland's Open Meetings Act is a statute that requires many State and local public bodies to hold their meetings in public, to give the public adequate notice of those meetings, and to allow the public to inspect meeting minutes. The Act permits public bodies to discuss some topics confidentially. The Act's goals are to increase the public's faith in government, ensure the accountability of government to the public, and enhance the public's ability to participate effectively in our democracy.

Senate Bill 17, passed by the General Assembly and signed by the Governor during the 2016 Session of the Maryland Legislature, modified certain procedural requirements for meetings conducted by public bodies under the Open Meetings Act. Senate Bill 17 requires that meeting minutes and any audio or video recordings must be retained by the public body for at least 5 years following the meeting and, to the extent practicable, a public body must post its open session minutes of an open session on the public body's website. To that end, minutes of the Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees, the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, the Governor's Consulting Committee, the Maryland Advisory Committee on Archaeology, and the Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments open session meetings are included below.

Agendas for Upcoming Meetings

Minutes, Board of Trustees

Minutes, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA)

Minutes, Governor's Consulting Committee (GCC)

Minutes, Maryland Advisory Committee on Archaeology (MACA)

Minutes, Governor's Commission on Maryland Military Monuments