Commissioners Court Authority to Stop Disruptions


What authority does the commissioners court have to stop disruptions from court attendees?

Government Code §551.007 states that a member of the public who wants to address a government body regarding an item on an open meeting agenda is allowed to do so before or during the body’s consideration of the item. A commissioners court may  adopt reasonable rules regarding the public's right to address an item on the agenda, including rules that limit the total amount of time that a member of the public may address the court on a given agenda item. For more information, see our Open Meetings Act publication.