Bedford has an open town meeting form of government, which means that all of Bedford's registered voters are eligible to come to Town Meeting (TM). Some towns in Massachusetts have a representative town meeting and elect their TM members. In the government structure of Bedford, registered voters attending TM are the "legislators" and are encouraged to attend and participate. Town Meeting members are vested by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Bedford's Charter with the traditional powers of the legislative branch of any level of government: the power to make laws (in this case, called By-laws) and the power to approve the expenditure of money. No money can be expended by the Town without the approval of Town Meeting. No general or zoning laws can be enacted by Bedford without the approval of Town Meeting.
Materials from past Town Meetings and general information about Town Meeting in Bedford can be found in the tabs and frequently asked questions on the left side of this page.