Commissioners Block Expanded Public Comments at Meetings

‘What Do They Do If We Don’t?’ – Joe McKnight

By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor

JEFFERSON – Marion County Commissioners voted Monday to ignore a new state law permitting greater public participation in their meetings. “This is going to do away with any professionalism,” Commissioner Joe McKnight complained of the proposed “Rules of Procedure, Conduct and Decorum at Meetings of the Marion County Commissioners Court.”

“This is going to open it up to social media and stupid media,” McKnight declared. The proposed protocol would allow members of the public to request permission to speak to the court about specific agenda items during their meetings, bringing local procedures in line with a new state law.

House Bill 2840 by Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, was signed by Gov. Greg Abbott June 10 and becomes effective September 1. HB 2840 “would require most governmental bodies to allow any member of the public who wished to address the body regarding an item on the agenda for an open meeting to do so at the meeting before … (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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