Shaina Brown

SoCal Air Quality District to propose new rules for public comment at meetings

By Shaina Brown, Policy Director

Capitol Update, July 14, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In response to a disruptive public meeting last month, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) board is proposing to address issues relating to public decorum and meeting disruptions by implementing new rules for public comment. The time for public comment would be reduced from “at least three minutes” to “no more than a minute and a half”, allowing the chair to order the removal of any person willfully interrupting the meeting so as to render the conduct of the meeting infeasible, prohibiting the public from approaching the dais unless otherwise allowed to do so, and barring individuals from standing in the aisles, walkways or blocking doorways.

These rules come in the wake of a June 2nd meeting in which dozens of activists stood and began chanting at agency officials from the audience which halted the proceedings. This disruption led to a confrontation between the board Chairman and a demonstrator, in which obscenities and racially charged language were reported. 

The changes are set to be voted on later this week. 

CMTA is currently tracking SCAQMD’s Proposed Rule 1410 Hydrogen Fluoride Storage and Use at Petroleum Facilities, open air metal grinding, and special community air monitoring. We encourage members to keep these changes in mind as you engage with the local air district.

 

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