Session Review: Locals can still refuse speakers

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A bill that would have required city and county commissions and councils to let people speak at meetings never got a vote in the House. The measure (SB 206) passed the Senate in February, but the session ended Friday night without the bill’s approval by the House. In the wake of complaints that some local boards were refusing to hear residents on pending legislation or other issues, the bill said it was OK for there to be limits, such as on time allotted to speakers, but that those wishing to speak must be allowed to. The bill never got a hearing in a House committee.

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