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ACLU Settles Public Comment Dispute with Orange County Board

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ACLU Settles Public Comment Dispute with Orange County Board

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SANTA ANA (CNS)—The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted Jan. 12 to approve a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that will make some minor changes in the public speaking rules at the board’s meetings. The ACLU filed the lawsuit in 2019 on behalf of the People’s Homeless Task Force OC. The lawsuit alleged that the board’s rules that speakers must provide their names and direct their comments to the chair of the board and not individual supervisors violated the state’s law on public meetings known as the Brown Act as well as the state and federal constitutions. “Orange County’s supervisors were treating their meetings like something out of a monarchy,” said ACLU attorney Peter J. Eliasberg. “It was a royal court where criticism directed at individual supervisors could not be heard. This was clearly unlawful.” The ACLU said requiring speakers to provide their name had a “chilling …

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