New law means more opportunities for public speaking

New law means more opportunities for public speaking

A new law that affects speaking during public meetings took effect on Sept. 1.  House Bill 2840, passed by the 86th Texas State Legislature, upholds the right of a member of the public to address the governing body of a political subdivision. That means people can speak at public meetings, such as Dallas City Council meetings.


Residents will be allowed to speak at a public meeting on every issue put to a vote.

The City of Dallas already had rules in place like HB 2840 for City Council meetings. This new law ensures applicable board and commission meetings will be administered under similar rules.


The Dallas City Council voted to implement the new law for boards and commissions during the October 23 City Council Agenda Meeting.


Potential speakers at City Council meetings are still asked to register in advance for open microphone slots and agenda items. Also, individuals who need interpreters will need to notify the City Secretary’s Office in advance. 


You may reach the City Secretary’s Office at [email protected] or call 214-670-3738. 


Read the new law in its entirety click here.  

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