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'It's Not Even Required': City Council Stops Recording Public Comment

Public comments from meetings of the Amarillo City Council will no longer be recorded or shown on any City platforms, according to information released yesterday.

During the Amarillo City Council's meeting on Tuesday, it was learned that City officials have decided to stop recording the public comment at the City Council's meetings. The announcement was made by city manager Jared Miller prior to the start of the meeting.

During an introduction to the public comment period, Miller said that "personal attacks" have been made at previous meetings, leading City officials to decide to discontinue broadcasting of public comment.

"We're not going to broadcast public comment," Miller said. "It's not required to be broadcast and, in fact, it's not even required to take place."

A video archive on the City of Amarillo's website shows public comment portions of meetings have always been recorded and broadcast with meetings of the Amarillo City Council, going as far back as 2011. This is the first change of its kind to meeting broadcasting in recent memory in Amarillo.

For meeting information, please visit amarillo.gov.

City manager Jared Miller  Photo by HCPUA

City manager Jared Miller

Photo by HCPUA

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