Plan on Speaking Out in Front of Dallas City Council? There May Be Some Changes Coming.
At the time I also noted that the Dallas City Council -- which, unlike the volunteer trustees, draws a salary -- has done little to limit public speakers. But that too could change: Tomorrow the council will be briefed on proposed changes for public speakers. They are, all things considered, relatively minor tweaks. Nevertheless, tweaks they be.
Right now, for instance, would-be speakers have till 9 a.m. the morning of a meeting to sign up; the new rules would move that deadline up to 5 p.m. the evening before. And, as the rules presently read, anyone who's addressed the council within the last 30 days can only do so again at the end of a council meeting. The new rule cuts down their speaking time to a single minute.
Why the need for the rule changes? Well, the City Secretary's Office offers four reasons, among them: "City Manager's Office staff would have more time to prepare to respond to citizens' concerns and requests for information/service and have appropriate staff available at meetings." So, see, it's for your benefit. It's always for your benefit. The council will vote on the proposals December 14; the rules would take effect January 4.