(a) General rule. Except as provided in § 375.206, meetings of the Commission will be open meetings.
(b) Public participation in open meetings.(1) Members of the public are invited to listen and observe at open meetings.
(2) (i) Subject to the provisions of paragraphs (b)(2) (ii), (iii), and (iv) of this section, members of the public may record discussions at Commission meetings by means of electronic or other devices (including tape recorders, stenotype, stenomask, or shorthand). The photographing of Commission meetings by still or movie camera, or by video taping without lighting aids, is permitted.
(ii) Due to the limited space of the Commission meeting room, use of recording or photographic equipment which would require the user to move about the room during the meeting is not allowed. Recording and photographic equipment may be set up and used only in the public areas of the Commission meeting room as designated by the Commission.
(iii) Except for portable equipment which is used at an individual's seat in the audience, equipment must be in place and ready to use prior to the start of the meeting or set up during a recess of the meeting. Such equipment may be removed only at the conclusion of the meeting or during a recess. A pre-arranged recess for the set up or removal of equipment may be requested through the Commission's Director of the Division of Public Information.
(iv) No microphones may be placed on the tables used by the Commissioners and Staff.
(c) Physical arrangements. The Secretary shall be responsible for seeing that ample space, sufficient visibility, and adequate acoustics are provided for public observation of open meetings.
Title 18 published on 2012-04-01
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