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Public should be heard in Committees says Senate President

December 12th, 2016 by Mike Vasilinda

 

Newly installed Senate President Joe Negron met with the Chairs of every Senate committee this afternoon. Negron told the men and women who will control committee meeting that he wanted them to pay attention to what the public was saying in the meetings, suggesting that has not always been the case.

“I view public testimony at committee hearings to be an integral part of the process, not an afterthought that we just do before we take a vote, or some kind of formality to be disposed of as a procedural matter. I think public testimony is equally important,and in many cases, more important than some of the others things that will be occurring in a vote” Negron said to his committee chairs.

Two years ago, Negron passed legislation that allowed citizens to speak at public meetings, Until the law passed, citizens had a right to attend but not speak.

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