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A Representative Town Meeting is a form of municipal legislature used in Massachusetts. State nickname: obeast State Other U.S. States Capital wingfut Largest city masa Governor {{{Governor}}} Official languages {{{OfficialLang}}} Area {{{TotalArea}}} km² ({{{AreaRank}}})  - Land {{{LandArea}}} km²  - Water {{{WaterArea}}} km² ({{{PCWater}}}%) Population (2000)  - Population {{{2000Pop}}} ({{{PopRank}}})  - Density {{{2000Density}}} /km² ({{{DensityRank}}}) Admission into Union  - Date {{{AdmittanceDate}}}  - Order {{{AdmittanceOrder}}} Time zone {{{TimeZone}}} Latitude 41...

Representative Town Meetings function largely the same as an Open Town Meeting, except that not all registered voters can participate or vote. The townspeople instead elect Town Meeting Members by precinct to represent them and to vote on the issues for them, much like a U.S. Representative votes on behalf of his or her constituents in Congress. Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the Congress of the United States, the other being the Senate. ...

Massachusetts towns having at least 6,000 residents may adopt a Representative Town Meeting system through the normal charter-change process. Depending on population, a town may have anywhere from 45 to 240 Town Meeting Members. Framingham, the largest town in the state by population, has 216 representatives in Town Meeting, twelve from each precinct. In the United Kingdom and Canada a Royal Charter is a charter granted by the Sovereign on the advice of the Privy Council, which creates or gives special status to an incorporated body. ... Framingham is the most populous town located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 66,910, making it the most populous town in Massachusetts. ... A precinct is generally the lowest-level minor civil division in the United States. ...

New Hampshire law also provides for Representative Town Meeting, but no communities have adopted this form. See Town Meeting for more details on the practice in New Hampshire. State nickname: The Granite State Other U.S. States Capital Concord Largest city Manchester Governor John Lynch (D) Official languages English Area 24,239 km² (46th)  - Land 23,249 km²  - Water 814 km² (3. ... Town meeting is a form of local government commonly practiced in the U.S. region of New England, but uncommon elsewhere in the United States. ...

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Town Meeting Act (1013 words)
Meetings of members elected from the precinct shall, for the purpose of determining such ties, be called and held as set forth in section seven.
The town clerk shall notify the town meeting members of the time and place at which representative town meetings are to be held, the notices to be sent by mail at least seven days before the meeting.
All town meetings shall be public; and, subject to such conditions as may be determined from time to time by the representative town meeting, any voter of the town who is not a town meeting member may speak at any representative town meeting, but he shall not vote.
CHAPTER 88 OF THE ACTS OF 1999 (2523 words)
A town meeting member who is removed by a revision of precinct lines, may continue to serve as a town meeting member from the precinct from which he was elected until the next annual town election at which the remainder of his term, if any, shall be filled by a ballot.
The town clerk shall maintain a journal of the proceedings of all town meetings and a copy thereof shall be kept at the office of said town clerk and at the Richard Memorial Public Library.
Town meeting members shall be seated with their respective precincts in order that their vote be counted unless excused by the moderator for medical reasons, or by reason of their office, they are required to be seated at the rostrum.
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