CPA and State Laws: Where to look and who to call for guidance

October 28, 2010 (Updated June 2015): There are many state laws that intersect with the Community Preservation Act, and all of them are important to proper implementation of CPA. Common examples include the state's conflict of interest laws, procurement, open meeting, public records, municipal finance, and campaign finance laws. 

Listed below is contact information for the various state agencies that oversee implementation of these laws. In some cases we also have provided links to Coalition newsletter articles that describe how CPA intersects with these laws.

Conflict of Interest Law
Governs conflicts between private interests and public duties of municipal committee members.

Procurement Laws
Governs implementation of many CPA projects after approval by the legislative body.

Prevailing Wage Laws
Governs many CPA projects that involve contracting of professional services.

Open Meeting Law
Governs use of meeting agendas, email discussions among committee members, minutes of committee meetings, conducting executive sessions, and use of documents and exhibits during meetings.

Public Records Law
Governs the public's rights to access records of municipal committees.

Municipal Finance Law
Provides legal opinions on the Community Preservation Act.

Campaign and Political Finance Laws
Governs use of public resources and rules for municipal officials when advocating for Town Meeting warrant articles and ballot elections.