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Monday, August 1, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Last week, City Council Member Don Zimmerman floated an interesting proposal on the City Council Message Board. He put forward the idea that the citizens communication portion of regular Council meetings could include streaming testimony from district offices, instead of requiring citizens to show up in person to say their piece. The resolution, which cites the Texas Open Meetings Act as well as traffic and environmental concerns, is available in its entirety here. At the moment, Zimmerman’s District 6 is the only district to have a field office, but the proposal optimistically notes that “this additional Council meeting option should provide more motivation for additional field offices. To keep the cost and complexity of this pilot program way down, this is limited to Council District offices.”
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