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Friday, April 3, 2009

Free Speech Wins in Open Meetings

This story from The (Pullman) Boomerang describes how the mayor of Palouse City would not allow public comment on a certain topic during open public meetings. Then the Attorney General's Office said in essence: "Nope. There's a little thing called the First Amendment." The Mayor backed down.

This blog covers open government, which usually means access to public records, open meetings, and court proceedings. But if you can't speak during a public meeting, what's the point of access to it?