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During a town meeting with all councilpersons in attendance, it seems that there is one person taping the meeting with her phone .

Does the town council have the right to go into executive session for the entire meeting, or does this person have the right to video tape without permission?

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If you weren't a town council the answer might be clearer.  You should check with the council's solicitor for a remedy if this is causing concern.

If you were the XYZ Garden Club I'd suggest a standing rule be adopted regarding the taping of meetings (video and audio).  Also, the Garden Club could order the taping stopped if it was actually disturbing the proceedings. The Garden Club could also hold all of its meetings in executive session or simply order all non-members be removed from the hall.

But again, it might not be so simple for a public entity so check  with your solicitor.

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6 hours ago, Guest JWC said:

During a [average nonprofit board] meeting with all [board members] in attendance,

it seems that there is one person taping the meeting with her phone .

Does the [board] have the right to go into executive session for the entire meeting,

or does this person have the right to video tape without permission?

Just for the sake of readers who are NOT in a "town meeting" . . .

Under the default parliamentary rules of Robert's Rules of Order, the answer is _________:

• YES, the board may meet at any moment in executive session.

• NO, this person does not have the right to video tape the deliberations of the meeting, without permission of the body which is meeting.

 

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