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V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

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V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

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V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

The Act protects only the right to observe; it makes no reference to a right to comment or participate. § 10-501(a).

V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

The meetings act does not address this issue.

V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

The law related to municipal meetings states that "[n]o person shall address a public meeting of a governmental body without permission of the presiding officer at such meeting, and all persons shall, at the request of such presiding officer, be silent." G.L. c. 39, §  23C. There are no other statutes or case law addressing this issue.

V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

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V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

FOIA does not provide any right for public comment or public participation at a meeting of a public agency. Instead, FOIA provides a right of access to watch and listen to a meeting of a public agency.

V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

The right to comment is not covered by the Open Meetings Act. This right is typically provided for by provisions in the charters of the specific local governmental unit.

V. ASSERTING A RIGHT TO COMMENT.

This matter has not been legislated or litigated. Presumably, there is a generic right to comment at a public meeting, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions.