BOCC set to consider public speaking ordinance

Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 09:58 AM.

The ordinance provides the chairman as the focal point for comment, but also provides the chairman the authority to tell violators of the policy to immediately take a seat.

Vulgar, insulting or profane language directed at commissioners, staff or any member of the audience “shall not be tolerated” and the chairman can request, in the face of such behavior, to have law enforcement remove the person from the meeting room.

Commissioner Joanna Bryan suggested during the previous meeting that “insulting” language can be subjective and sought a clearer definition, which Novak said he would examine and bring back to the BOCC on Tuesday.

All speakers will be required to fill out a speaker’s form: in the case of an item on the agenda the form should be filled out in advance, Novak said; in the case of an item not on the agenda the form must be filled out before the meeting is adjourned.

All comments must be made at the podium after the speaker provides their name and address for the record.

Individual speakers will have three minutes for comments. A representative of an organization will be granted five minutes, but only one member of that organization will be allowed to speak.

Current policy allows a speaker three minutes, with additional minutes coming only after a majority vote of approval from the board.

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