If presentations or guest speakers are included on the agenda of a mass meeting, following the transaction of business by a deliberative assembly, then this program portion would be part of the mass meeting. Otherwise, the event would be a lecture and discussion, without a deliberative assembly for it to qualify as a mass meeting. Under parliamentary law, a mass meeting is a type of deliberative assembly:
It is a group of people, having or assuming freedom to act in concert, meeting to determine, in full and free discussion, courses of action to be taken in the name of the entire group.
RONR (11th ed.), p. 1, ll. 8-11
A deliberative assembly allows members to introduce, discuss, and vote on ideas.
In any decision made, the opinion of each member present has equal weight as expressed by vote—through which the voting member joins in assuming direct personal responsibility for the decision, should his or her vote be on the prevailing side.
RONR (11th ed.), p. 2, ll. 4-8
A mass meeting differs from a public lecture or town meeting by limiting participation to a distinct voting group or object of discussion.
To the extent that persons in the invited category are clearly identifiable—as, for example, registered voters of a particular political party, or residents of a certain area—only such persons have the right to make motions, to speak, and to vote at the meeting, and none others need be admitted if the sponsors so choose.
RONR (11th ed.), p. 543, l. 16, to p. 544, l. 2
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