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22 Pa. Code § 233.109. Methods of operation for Commission and committee meetings.

§ 233.109. Methods of operation for Commission and committee meetings.

 (a)  The order of business for Commission meetings will be set forth in an agenda, which will reflect all action items.

 (b)  Only matters assigned to the Commission by law will be considered as agenda items.

 (c)  Business will be conducted in accordance with this chapter and the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order.

 (d)  Except as provided in paragraph (3), a person or organization, other than the Commissioners and the staff of the Commission, will not be permitted to participate in a Commission or committee meeting unless that person or organization has been placed on the agenda. The Commission or committee may establish limits to the content and length of speeches by persons who wish to address the Commission or committee.

   (1)  A person disturbing, interrupting or preventing the conduct of a public meeting may be requested to leave the meeting or may be removed upon failure to comply with the meeting rules of the Commission.

   (2)  Visitors to meetings are allowed to record the proceedings using audio or video recording equipment, but must first inform the Commission of their intent to record.

   (3)  For a brief period at each meeting, prior to consideration of the action items, time will be allotted on the agenda for hearing public comment. Public comments may be entertained at other times during a meeting at the discretion of the Chairperson. A Commissioner may request a member of the public who has spoken to an issue to clarify a position.

 (e)  The Commission and committees will receive and record into the minutes written proposals submitted by associations, individuals representing the teaching profession and other interested persons.

 (f)  The Commission or a committee may request the services of resource persons to facilitate the work of the Commission or committee.

 (g)  Action items may be submitted to the Commission or committee by agencies of the Commonwealth, a Commissioner or an interested party. The Commission or committee may take the item under advisement or may table, refer, dismiss or act upon the item.

 (h)  Any commissioner may submit agenda items for discussion or new business for the next Commission or committee meeting. This will not prohibit a commissioner from initiating items under new business in a current meeting.

 (i)  Public notice will be issued at least 36 hours prior to a meeting of the Commission or a committee and at least 24 hours before a reconvened or rescheduled Commission or committee meeting. Public notice is not required for emergency meetings. Emergency meetings are those called to deal with ‘‘a real or potential emergency involving a clear and present danger to life or property.’’

 (j)  Except when specifically prohibited by law, votes on action items taken at a Commission or committee meeting are publicly cast and, in the case of roll call votes, recorded in the minutes of the Commission or committee.

 (k)  Formal hearings will be conducted in accordance with 1 Pa. Code Part II (relating to General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure) and other rules or procedures which might be promulgated by the Commission.

 (l)  A copy of the minutes of Commission and committee meetings will be made available to any individual or organization so requesting.

 (m)  Materials and statements released in the name of the Commission will be approved by the Commission.

 (n)  Executive sessions will be held as follows:

   (1)  The Commission or committees may admit to an executive session persons necessary to carry out the purpose of the meeting. The persons may include staff persons, legal and technical advisors, and individuals and their representatives who may be affected by matters to be discussed.

   (2)  An executive session may be held during an open meeting or at the conclusion of an open meeting, or may be announced for a future time at an open meeting.

   (3)  At the open meeting occurring immediately prior to or subsequent to an executive session, the Commission or committee will announce and include within its minutes, the date, time, location and purpose of an executive session. The purpose of an executive session may be explained by a general reference to the types or categories of subjects discussed at the session and need not identify with specificity persons or matters considered during the meeting.

   (4)  Unless otherwise provided by law, a meeting at which a quorum of the members of the Commission or committees takes official action with regard to matters discussed at an executive session will be open to the public.


   The provisions of this §  233.109 adopted May 3, 2002, effective May 4, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 2226; amended September 11, 2015, effective September 12, 2015, 45 Pa.B. 5586. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (289667) to (289669).

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