Town of Harwich, MA
Barnstable County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of Harwich 5-5-2009 by Art. 1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
All articles to be inserted in the May Town Meeting shall be submitted in final form, in writing to the Selectmen no later than 12:00 noon on the second Friday in February. All articles for a Special Town Meeting shall be presented as aforesaid at least 40 days before the Special Town Meeting.
[Amended 5-6-2013 ATM by Art. 39]
A copy of all articles to be inserted in the warrant for any Town Meeting shall be submitted by the Board of Selectmen to the Finance Committee not later than 14 days after the deadline for the submission of articles set forth in Subsection A above.
A quorum for an Annual or Special Town Meeting shall be not fewer than 150 registered voters.
During the legislative session of Town Meeting the floor shall be occupied solely by registered voters, and it shall be the duty of the Moderator to clear the floor of all nonvoters. Nonvoters shall not address the Meeting without majority consent thereof; provided, however, that the Moderator may allow a nonresident department head to speak on any article the subject matter of which might affect that department or in response to questions from the floor.
All motions and amendments shall be in writing when required by the Moderator.
No one but the Moderator shall interrupt another while speaking, except to call him to order.
No motion moved, seconded and stated can be withdrawn except by the maker of the motion.
No one shall speak on the same question more than twice, not longer than 10 minutes, without leave of the Meeting.
When a vote decided by the Moderator is questioned by seven or more voters, it shall be made certain by the voters of either side rising and standing to be counted by the Moderator or tellers appointed by him.
The vote on a motion to reconsider a previous vote shall be made before the next adjournment of the Meeting.
Articles in the warrant shall be acted upon in their order, unless otherwise ordered by a three-fourths vote of the Meeting.
The motions contained in this section and no others shall be acceptable by the Moderator at Town Meetings (see Motion Chart).[1]
Editor's Note: The Motion Chart is included at the end of this chapter.
The quorum at any Special or Annual Town Meeting shall not be questioned after a motion duly made, seconded and accepted by the Moderator has been placed on the floor for debate until such motion has been put to a vote and the vote thereon decided by the Moderator.
Rules of procedure not specifically provided by law or by these bylaws shall be determined by Town Meeting Time: Handbook of Parliamentary Law.
When the Finance Committee recommends passage of an article in the warrant for a Town Meeting, the Chairman or other member of the Finance Committee shall move for adoption of the article. When the Finance Committee's recommendation is that the article not be adopted, a proponent of the article shall move for adoption of the article. In the event that a motion for adoption of the article is not made, the Chairman of the Finance Committee shall move for indefinite postponement.
The Moderator may conduct all votes requiring a two-thirds majority by statute in the same manner in which the Moderator conducts the vote when a majority vote is required.
Votes of the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee establishing recommendations regarding Town Meeting articles shall be made available upon the request of any registered voter at a Regular or Special Town Meeting.