Ask the editor: Is the public allowed to speak at open meetings in Frisco?

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State law allows provisions for the public to make comments or raise questions to a governing body at an open meeting.

A governing body, such as a city council or school board, will often indicate that a portion of the meeting allows the public to speak by including phrases on the agenda such as “public comment,” “public hearing” or “citizen input.” These public input sections may either be related to an agenda item or not.

For instance, Frisco City Council includes a citizen input section on its regular agendas for the public to talk about anything that is not on the agenda. A public hearing, on the other hand, means the council is seeking input for that specific agenda item.

If public comment is allowed at an open meeting, it must be included on the agenda when it is posted.

A member of the public speaking at a meeting is usually required to fill out a card for the governing body with basic information, such as a name and address, to be included in the public record of the meeting.

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  1. However, the governing body is not required to respond in any way to the comments or questions. In Frisco, the members of the school board and city council couldn’t act more bored if they were actual actors.

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Lindsey Juarez
Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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