Citizen's guide to town meetings, Secretary of the Commonwealth (2008).
"This booklet outlines the forms and procedures used in Massachusetts Town Meetings." Includes procedures and frequently asked questions such as who may speak, types of town meetings and other topics.
Rules of procedure
Most Massachusetts town meetings use one or both of the following:
Robert's Rules of Order
- Official site with ordering information as well as frequently asked questions about the rules
- 1915 edition online, Bartleby
- Print source from our law libraries
- Roberts Rules in plain English (print)
"Abbreviated essential parliamentary rules condensed from Robert's Rules of order newly revised."
- Roberts Rules of Order in the courts (print) provides citations to court cases about the rules
Town Meeting Time
About town meeting, Lexington.
A nice explanation of how a representative town meeting works in one town.
Information about the town meeting process, Concord.
An introduction to the open town meeting process in one town.
Massachusetts Moderators Association
Provides information for both moderators and the general public, including informational videos and downloadable materials.
Updated guidance on holding meetings pursuant to the Act Extending Certain COVID-19 Measures, Mass. Attorney General, regarding St.2023, c.2, which extended the temporary provisions regarding remote and hybrid meetings in COVID-19 Order #1 to March 31, 2025.
Contact for Massachusetts law about town meetings
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