Can a governing body prevent me from speaking at its meeting?

Published 03/24/2008 07:42 AM   |    Updated 05/18/2009 02:48 PM

Can a governing body prevent me from speaking at its meeting?

Yes. The Open Door Law does not guarantee the public’s right to speak at a public meeting. Unless a law requires the board to take public comments for a specific issue, a governing body is not required to take public comments during a public meeting. If the governing body allows public comments during an ordinary meeting, the governing body can limit the amount of time allowed for each speaker.

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