What is the general public comment session at the Denver City Council?
Before convening the regular meeting, Denver City Council conducts a one-half hour general public comment session during which persons may address the Council on any matter of city concern, except for any matter that is scheduled for either a formal or a courtesy public hearing at that meeting or any future meeting of Council.
Speakers who have not addressed Council at the general public comment session in the previous week shall be given priority in registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers shall be recognized to speak in the order of registration.
How long will I get to speak?
Each speaker gets a maximum of 3 minutes to speak on any topic of his/her choice. The Council member presiding over the public comment session gavels the speaker when the 3 minutes has expired.
Where is the general public comment session?
The general public comment session takes place on Zoom:
How will Zoom work?
When you click on the above link, you will be asked to register with your name and email address. Once you enter the meeting you will be muted but can hear and see the meeting. When your name is called to speak, you will be promoted to speaker. The screen will flash as it changes your status. Please do not leave the meeting, you haven't been disconnected. Once your three minutes is over, you will be switched back to an attendee and will again be muted.
How do I sign up to speak at the general public comment session?
Starting at 12 p.m. on the Friday before the next scheduled general public comment session, sign up
Topics are required, so include them in all emails and voicemails, or your submission will be considered void.
Sign-up closes at 4 p.m. the day of the general public comment session.
What information will I be asked to provide in order to sign up to speak?
First name, last name, mailing address, email address, phone number, whether ADA or language interpretation accommodations are needed (must be requested at least one business day in advance of the scheduled general public comment session), and speaker topic.
No yielding of time is permitted and NO sign-up by proxy; the person wishing to speak must be the one to sign up. Only one sign-up per person is permitted. Topics are required, and must not pertain to an item scheduled for either a required or courtesy public hearing. If your topic is currently scheduled for a required or courtesy public hearing, your name will be removed from this list and you will be asked to sign up for the public hearing instead.
How is speaker order determined?
Speaker order is decided on a first-come, first-served basis (using the date/time the sign-up request is received) with preference given to those individuals who did not speak at the previous general public comment session.
Will everyone who signs up get to speak?
The general public comment session is 30 minutes. Council will accommodate as many speakers as can fit within that timeframe. Depending on how many individuals sign up and the order in which the request is received, the requester might not be able to speak.
Will I get a response back from Council?
The Council will not respond directly to any speaker during the general public comment session. However, follow-up responses after the public comment session may be provided on issues raised by speakers at the request of Council members, when information is requested by speakers, or when issues raised can be addressed directly by Legislative Services staff or a Council office.
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