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Guest posted a topic in General DiscussionShould we be including an open discussion in our meeting without a motion out? I have yet to see a requirement for open business after new business, but a member of our organization is adamant we are wrong and it is required.
Synopsis: Local government Policy lays out Roberts Rules as the structure for agenda items for public council meetings. An agenda item is listed as a topic for discussion under the category of new business. No action or resolution is expected as it is simply to enable council members to have an open discussion to garner consensus on whether it is an item of interest that might require future action. There is also no policy in place that dictates open discussion to occur at a sub committee level. Question: Once the agenda is approved with the discussion item listed, are council members required to put forth a motion to accept this as an item for discussion, or by way of accepting the agenda has Council already accepted this as an item for discussion?