Brewster Assembly Delegate Mary Chaffee, and two other Delegates, recently proposed an Assembly Resolution that facilitates public participation in Assembly meetings. The purpose of the resolution titled “Public Participation in Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates Meetings and Hearings,” is to compile all regulations that guide how Assembly meetings are conducted into a single resource. The Resolution was adopted by the Assembly on October 7.
By compiling all of meeting rules in one document it will be easier for parties who participate in Assembly meetings to do so effectively. Public participation in Assembly meetings is beneficial and welcomed but there are requirements for how that participation is conducted.
Assembly meeting practices are governed by the State’s Open Meeting Law, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s interpretation of the Open Meeting Law, and the Barnstable County Charter. The new resolution explains how members of the public may participate in meetings and that the Assembly Speaker has the authority under the law to regulate meeting proceedings.
The Assembly of Delegates is Barnstable County’s legislative branch of government. Assembly meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 4pm. Meetings currently are conducted via remote (virtual) technology due to the pandemic. Guidance on how to participate in a virtual Assembly meeting appears at the top of each meeting agenda. Information about Assembly meetings is available at: https://www.barnstablecounty.org/regional-government/assembly-of-delegates/assembly-of-delegates-agendas-minutes/