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According to our school board website, they operate under Robert's Rules. The public is allowed to comment on any item on the agenda. My questions is this: if a member of the public wants to make a comment on an agenda item but is unable to attend the meeting, are they allowed to submit a statement in writing to be read at the meeting? If so, who would they submit that statement to? Thank you.

Laura

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No rule in RONR grants them this right. Furthermore, "If any member objects, a member has no right to read from—or to have the secretary read from—any paper or book as a part of his speech without permission of the assembly. " RONR (11th ed.), p. 298

Perhaps it would be better to have a member of the audience who you know state your points without reading from any paper.

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The public is allowed to comment on any item on the agenda.

Laura

Laura, as Mr. Mervosh mentioned, RONR doesn't concern itself with audience comment at meetings of public governmental bodies. The answer is likely to be found in your state's version of its public open meetings act, or perhaps in your state's attorney general's rulings. Either way, the RONR forum doesn't dispense legal advise. You're better served by speaking with an attorney.

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