Right to Speak ordinance receives public hearing

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM.

An organization will be allowed five minutes, but only one member of that organization may speak on the issue.

All public comments must be directed to the sitting chairman and not staff, another member of the public or an individual commissioner.

Public comments cannot be profane or vulgar, with commissioners changing initial language that included “insulting” with “abusive” on Tuesday.

Commissioners also expanded the prohibition against such language toward staff, commissioners or a member of the audience to include the “public” in total.

Commissioner Carmen McLemore voted against any changes, saying he “was fine” with the attorney draft of the ordinance. The suggestions for changes were all brought forward by Commissioner Joanna Bryan.

Closure on the jail?

Bryan sought to clarify the recent hubbub about the county jail and address a prepared written statement read by jail administrator Michael Hammond at the previous meeting.

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