Opinion: Pa. public-comment ruling could have unintended results

As a long-time advocate for open government, I applaud the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Alekseev v. City Council of the City of Philadelphia. As a former school board president, however, I see why some might find it a bit naive. Read More...

Opinion: Let the people speak

Who knew that all that "We the people" stuff could be so easily forgotten just a few blocks from where it started? Thanks to a recent court ruling, Philadelphia's commoners will now have an opportunity to speak at regular meetings of the City Council. But it took nothing less than the highest court in the Commonwealth - overruling more than a half-century of backward practice, two lower courts, and a dissent by three of its seven justices (including the court's two Philadelphians, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and Justice Seamus P. McCaffery) - to bring this revolutionary concept into our own house of lords. Read More...

Court strikes down Phila. council comment practice

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Philadelphia City Council must allow direct public comment on matters under its consideration and may not simply divert those comments to committee meetings, a divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled. Read More...

Easton Area backs off public comment ban

The Easton Area School Board sidestepped a growing firestorm lit last week when it banned public comment at workshop meetings by scrapping the workshops and reinstating several committees that will welcome public input. The unanimous decision to return to the committees — a format used in the past to discuss items such as finance, policy and buildings and grounds — came as community members mobilized to challenge the public comment ban should the board not change course. Read More...

Public comment period eliminated from Easton Area School Board workshop meetings

In what the school board describes as a time-saving measure, public comments will no longer be allowed at Easton Area School Board workshop meetings. Read More...

Blawnox borough balks at further revamping public address rules

Blawnox Borough will not change its audio and videotaping rules as it faces probable legal action from the American Civil Liberties Union. Read More...