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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 197         FILED ON: 1/11/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 376

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

John W. Scibak

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to meetings of condominium or homeowners associations.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

John W. Scibak

2nd Hampshire


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 197        FILED ON: 1/11/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 376

By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 376) of John W. Scibak for legislation to further regulate condominium or homeowners associations meetings.  Housing. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1240 OF 2009-2010.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to meetings of condominium or homeowners associations.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.  Chapter 183A of the General Laws, as appearing  in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end of section ten the following paragraphs:-

              (o)  All unit owners shall be given reasonable notice of all regularly scheduled open meetings of the organization of unit owners;

              (p)  All meetings of the organization of unit owners, including meetings of the board of directors or other governing body shall be open to all unit owners and/or any person designated by a member in writing as the member’s representative and all members or designated representatives so desiring shall be permitted to attend and speak at an appropriate time during the deliberations and proceedings.

              (q)  A meeting of the board of directors or other governing body of the organization of unit owners or a committee of the organization of unit owners may be held in closed session only for the following purposes:

              (1)      Discussion of matters pertaining to reputation, character, physical condition or mental

                         health rather than the professional competence of an employee and personnel;

              (2)      Protection of the privacy or reputation of individuals in matters not related to the

                         organization of unit owner’s business;

              (3)      Consultation with legal counsel;

              (4)      Consultation with staff personnel, consultants, attorneys, or other persons in connection

                         with pending or potential litigation;

              (5)      Investigative proceedings concerning possible or actual criminal misconduct;

              (6)      Consideration of the terms or conditions of a business transaction in the negotiation stage if

                         the disclosure could adversely affect the economic interests of the organization of unit

                         owners;

              (7)      Compliance with a specific constitutional, statutory, or judicially imposed requirement

                         protecting particular proceedings or matters from public disclosure

               (r)  If a meeting is held in closed session under paragraph (q) of this section:

              An action may not be taken and a matter may not be discussed if it is not permitted by

              paragraph (q) of this section; and

              A statement of the time, place, and purpose of a closed meeting, the record of the vote of

              each board or committee member by which the meeting was closed, the authority

              under this section for closing a meeting, and the outcome, shall be included in the

              minutes of the next meeting of the board of directors or the committee of the organization   of unit owners.

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