Required Hearings — Some proposed laws the council is considering are required by law to have a public hearing where residents can give their views and opinions on the proposed law. These are called “required public hearings” and everyone who signs up to speak will be heard. Usually, the order goes back and forth between those in favor of the proposed law and those against it.
At other times, a council member may ask for a hearing about something the council is considering. This is called a “courtesy public hearing” and they usually last for a fixed amount of time. In these cases, as many people as possible will speak in a random order within the given time.
Can I give written testimony?
Yes. Instead of speaking during the hearing, you can submit written testimony. You should send it to email@example.com no later than 3:00 p.m. on the date of the hearing so that they are available to council members before the meeting.
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