Q May a county require the submission of agenda items on or before a particular time and prohibit the discussion of matters which do not fall within an agenda item?

A Yes, in the absence of any statutorily prescribed procedure, a governing body may adopt its own rules and regulations of procedure for its meetings. Prior opinions have dictated each alderman has the right of full participation in the conduct of city business and should not be denied the right to place items on the agenda as long as the request is timely made. A member of the Board of Supervisors has the same right of full participation and should not be denied the right to place items on the agenda as long as the request is timely made. (Attorney General’s Opinion to O’Donnell, January 22, 2016)