Local governing boards would be required to hear from concerned citizens on almost any subject under a measure poised for a vote in the Florida Senate on Tuesday, reports the News Service of Florida. The bill (SB 206) was advanced after amendments were added on the floor, including one that would exempt peer review and quasi-judicial proceedings. The bill comes in response to concerns that some local boards and commissions have sometimes muzzled dissent on controversial issues. A similar bill, HB 355, is traveling in the House and is now before the State Affairs Committee, its last stop before reaching the floor.
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