Can I address the Council at the meeting?

Yes! You must fill out a speaker registration form on site and turn it in prior to the meeting start time, or you can fill out a form HERE and your comments will be forwarded to the Council prior to the meeting. You may speak for three minutes during the designated portion at the beginning of the meeting. 

A new provision of the Texas Open Meetings Act gives the public the right to speak on items on the agenda at open meetings of certain governmental bodies, including open meetings of a city council, a county commissioners court, a school district board of trustees, or a local workforce development board. Tex. Gov’t Code. Ann § 551.007.

According to a recent attorney general opinion, section 551.007 grants governmental bodies discretion to limit when and for how long the public is allowed to speak.

After the new provision took effect in late 2019, the Blanco County Attorney requested an opinion from the Texas Attorney General on the application of section 551.007(b) and (c). In response, the Texas Attorney General issued an opinion that:

     (i) a governmental body can hold a single public comment period at the beginning of an open meeting to address all items on the agenda; and

     ii) a governmental body may adopt a rule capping the total amount of time a member of the public has to address all items on the agenda if the rule is reasonable.

Occasionally citizens may be called upon by the Chair of the meeting to speak on certain agenda items. 

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