A Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling will force Philadelphia City Council to give the public a voice at voting sessions.
The ruling mandates a public comment period during Council’s weekly session. Council President Anna Verna says council argued public committee hearings gave citizens a say and the ruling could result in an open mic situation.
“I think that anybody that has any concern whatsoever will feel free to come before council and express their concerns no matter what the issue may be,” said Verna.
Verna says council’s technical staff is reviewing the Supreme Court ruling. The first public comment portion of council’s weekly meeting could come after the Thanksgiving recess.