City Council's new policy on public comment went into effect permanently Thursday, when Council unanimously approved rules allowing comment at all meetings.
Council had restricted public comment on bills to hearings on specific legislation. Regular meetings on Thursday were reserved for votes on resolutions and bills. The state Supreme Court in November found that violated the 1994 Sunshine Act.
Lawyer Darrell Zaslow, who sued Council on behalf of a small-landlords organization, was one of 20 speakers signed up for Thursday. He reiterated his objection to Council's limitation on topics to bills it was considering. Zaslow said speakers should be entitled to speak on any matters of concern, within reason. "Let's not spend another three years wrangling up and down the court system," Zaslow said. - Jeff Shields