King County Council adds opportunity for public comment

June 5, 2012

By Staff

Citizens received another opportunity to offer public input to the King County Council, as council members created a monthly 15-minute comment period.

The adopted ordinance amends the council rules to add a 15-minute public comment period at the fourth council meeting each month. During the time period, each speaker has up to two minutes to address council members on matters relating to county government.

Speakers cannot use the time to address issues already on the agenda for a public hearing, assist a political campaign, or promote or oppose a ballot measure.

Under previous rules, the public only had the opportunity to address the full council as members conducted a public hearing before acting on legislation. During such public hearings, speakers can only testify about the specific legislation.

Members adopted the rule change in a unanimous decision May 29.

The council usually meets on Mondays in the 10th floor Council Chambers at the King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.

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