This is a fact finding Committee to follow up on recommendations made by the Selectmen’s Town Meeting Advisory Committee to do the following:
Explore the remote online voting and split debate/voting approaches in more detail, including their potential effects on the Town (including its sense of community) and on Town Meeting (including participation levels) if they were permitted by state law,
Explore the steps that would be necessary for state law to be changed to allow either or both of these alternative approaches, along with the level of support for these changes elsewhere, and
Recommend a process that would put the Town as a whole in a position to discuss and possibly adopt these alternative approaches to the extent permitted by state law (or to pursue changes in state law if the Town desires).
The Committee is jointly appointed by the Board of Selectmen and the Moderator, and consist of up to six members at large. The Moderator, Board of Selectmen and Town Manager are available as resources to the Committee.
Selectmen's Town Meeting Advisory Committee
This committee (STMAC) was charged with reviewing improvements to Town Meeting attendance and procedure. One of the recommendations of this committee was to create the Weston Alternative Voting Exploratory Committee. Other recommendations that have been implemented: