Posted May 29, 2020
Can a Board of Education require a member of the public to provide his or her name and place of residency prior to making a public comment at a Board of Education meeting?
Yes. The Open Public Meetings Act does not limit the ability of a public body to regulate the active participation of the public. However, when a Board of Education imposes any requirements or restrictions on speech during a meeting, same must be reasonable and in compliance with all applicable laws. Additionally, the Board should review all applicable Board policies regarding public comment to ensure compliance.
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