Joe Negron files bill that would ensure public can speak before local and state government boards

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Sen. Joe Negron filed a proposal this week that would ensure members of the public have a “reasonable opportunity” to speak on issues being considered by local and state government boards, reports the News Service of Florida.

The proposal (SB 50), which will go before the Legislature in 2013, would create guidelines for getting public input. For example, an opportunity to be heard would not have to come at the same meeting when a board makes a decision on an issue. But the opportunity would have to come at a meeting during the decision-making process that complies with notice requirements. Negron filed a similar proposal that received Senate approval during the 2012 session. That proposal died in the House.

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