Massachusetts law about town meetings

A compilation of laws, rules, and web sources on Massachusetts town meeting law.

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The following laws suspend some town meeting requirements during COVID-19:

Best bet

Citizen's Guide to Town Meetings, Secretary of the Commonwealth (2008)
"This booklet outlines the forms and procedures used in Massachusetts Town Meetings."

Massachusetts laws

Massachusetts Constitution, Amendment LXXXIX 
Draws the distinction between cities and towns, and allows for home-rule charters

MGL c.39  Municipal government: city government and town meetings

MGL c.43A  Standard Form of Representative Town Meeting Government

Rules of procedure

Most Massachusetts town meetings use one or both of the following:

Roberts Rules of Order

Town Meeting Time

Web sources



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Last updated: June 27, 2022