Shut up: Negron’s (R-Stuart) public right-to-speak proposal dies in FL legislature

TCPalm: For the second consecutive year, a push to require officials to allow public comment at most open meetings has come up short. Negron’s bill, SB 206, passed through the Senate 40-0 in mid-February, but House members never cast a floor vote on the issue. Neither statute nor the Florida Constitution actually spells out the public’s right to speak at meetings — a point noted in two District Courts of Appeal decisions after boards shut down public comment completely. For at least another year, the state’s laws will stay silent on the topic.

For the entire story: http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2012/mar/13/bill-guaranteeing-right-to-speak-at-public-dies/?print=1

 

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