A bill superseding school board policy on public comment at meetings is headed to the governor’s office.
HB 1172 requires school boards – and other political subdivisions – to provide public comment at a meeting with the time provided limited at the chair’s discretion.
Sen. Bob Ewing said local government bodies “have certain topics” placed on their meeting agenda they wish to discuss and the bill would possibly open the door for an individual to bring up any topic they wish to discuss during the public comment period without it being pertinent to the meeting.
ASBSD opposed the bill on the grounds that many districts currently have a policy in place that deals with public comment and the matter should not be dictated by state law.
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