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Does a person who wants to speak at a meeting of a governmental agency have the legal right to do so?

Question: 

Does a person who wants to speak at a meeting of a governmental agency have the legal right to do so?

Answer: 

No. While the open meetings act provides no mandate that a public agency must provide meeting time to any citizen with something to say, due process and democratic principles will dictate that a public body should hear those affected by proposed actions. Typically, many public agencies set aside time for a “public forum” or an “open forum,” but they are under no mandate under Chapter 21 to do so. Even when discussing a controversial item on its agenda, the public agency understandably does not have to provide time to each person at the meeting.

Printed from the website on March 03, 2021 at 12:00pm.