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Friday, February 28, 2020

Bills Would Affect Public Comment at Municipal Meetings

Yesterday we reported on three bills that propose to amend FOIA. Today, we report on 2 other bills that affect local government meetings.

HB 5013: A bill was recently introduced that would amend the Illinois Municipal Code to provide that municipalities cannot prohibit persons from addressing individual city council members, municipal officials, or municipal staff members at public meetings. The legislation would allow municipalities to impose regulations on when persons can speak at a meeting. As you know, the Open Meetings Act already requires public bodies (including municipalities) to provide an opportunity for persons to address public officials at public meetings. 

HB 5016: Another related bill would also amend the Illinois Municipal Code. If passed, this legislation would prevent municipalities from prohibiting members of the public or members of a city council from offering comments or input after a petitioner (defined as a person or entity who initiated and has a direct financial or ownership interest concerning a particular agenda item) has addressed the city council.

It's not clear whether either of these bills will move forward but we will certainly keep our readers posted.

Post Authored by Eugene Bolotnikov and Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink


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