The Rules Committee is defined under the Town Charter (Section C7-14) as follows:
There shall be a Town Meeting Committee on Rules consisting of the Moderator, who shall be Chairman, the Deputy Moderator ex officio, and each Precinct Chairman. All warrant Articles shall first be referred to the Committee on Rules which shall subsequently refer the Article to the appropriate standing committee or committees for public hearing and recommendation to the Town Meeting. Standing committees must deliver all warrant Articles referred to them to the Town Meeting for action on the floor. No floor action may be taken at Town Meetings without a public hearing and a standing committee report on the Article.