(1) In accordance with 2-3-102 through 2-3-114, MCA, prior to making a final decision that is of significant interest to the public, POST will afford reasonable opportunity for public participation. Reasonable opportunity for public participation may be afforded by:
(a) any of the agency actions allowed pursuant to 2-3-104, MCA; or
(b) a notice of the proposed agency action published in the register in accordance with template 102a (www.armtemplates.com). POST may grant or deny an opportunity for hearing, except a hearing is required if the proposed action is the adoption of rules in an area of significant interest to the public.
(2) For purposes of (1)(b) only, significant interest to the public is defined at 2-4-102, MCA, as matters an agency knows to be of widespread citizen interest.
(3) Public comment on any public matter within the jurisdiction of POST must be allowed at any public meeting under 2-3-103(1)(b), 2-3-202, and 2-3-203, MCA, defining "public matter" and "meeting" and stating the requirements applicable to opening and closing meetings to the public. The opportunity for public comment must be reflected on the meeting agenda and incorporated into the official minutes of the meeting. For purposes of this rule and 2-3-103(1)(b), MCA, contested case is defined at 2-4-102(4), MCA.