Friday, May 24, 2024

The Cambridge City Council returns to regular meetings Sept. 13 with new open-meeting laws, Mayor David Maher reminded the public in a press release Thursday.

The laws, which took effect July 1, say:

  • A citizen speaking at a council meeting and referring to a document, photograph or handout must give an original, signed copy to the city clerk so it can be entered into the public record. The speaker is encouraged but not required to bring more copies for the council.
  • Any person recording with video or audio must tell the chairman, usually the mayor, before the meeting so the public can be told.
  • Notice for public meetings must still be posted 48 hours before the scheduled time, but the 48 hours no longer includes weekends.

“We want to give the public ample time to know about upcoming City Council business so they can be better informed and prepared if they want to attend,” Maher said.

Council meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Sullivan Chamber in City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, and are open to the public. To speak — generally only items on the agenda can be discussed, and only for three minutes — during the public comment period, citizens can call (617) 349-4280 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or sign up in person before the meeting starting at 5 p.m.

The Massachusetts Open Meeting Laws are published by the Office of the Attorney General and are available by clicking here.