In Plymouth, the Committee of Precinct Chairs, or COPC, is organizing a sub-committee to review a section of the town Charter that concerns the vote of town meeting members relating to conflict of interest.
The COPC decided that between state law and what the town charter says, the issue is that it’s not clear to town meeting member what exactly constitutes conflict of interest in how they vote. Christine Pratt, Chairs the COPC:
“It’s the intent and the goal of the Committee of Precinct Chairs to try and vet that issue and come up with that kind of guidance where they can read the charter and they can understand very clearly whether they should or should not recuse themselves from an issue,” Pratt said.
So, let’s say a town meeting member is also a town employee and the budget comes up for a vote—and in that budget is a raise for town employees, is that an example of such a conflict?
“That’s a perfect example and that’s a recurring issue for a lot of town meeting members,” Pratt said.
Anyone interested in serving on the sub-committee can contact Christine Pratt firstname.lastname@example.org.