Join us on October 23rd at the Broookings Institution in DC to discuss a model ordinance for public participation that is designed to help cities hold more productive, deliberative public meetings and online activities. These suite of tools, which is being published by the National Civic League, developed by the Working Group on Legal Frameworks for Public Participation.The working group includes representatives of the American Bar Association, International Municipal Lawyers Association, NCDD, National Civic League, National League of Cities, and International City/County Management Association, as well as leading practitioners and scholars of public participation.
Details for the event: Wednesday, October 23rd, 10:00-11:30am, at the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Most of the laws that govern public participation in the United States are over thirty years old. They do not match the expectations and capacities of citizens today, they pre-date the Internet, and they do not reflect the lessons learned in the last two decades about how citizens and governments can work together. Increasingly, public officials and staff are wondering whether the best practices in participation are in fact supported – or even allowed – by the law. Over the past year, the Working Group on Legal Frameworks for Public Participation has produced new tools, including a model local ordinance and model amendment to state legislation, in order to help create a more supportive, productive, and equitable environment for public participation. At the Brookings event, members of the working group will discuss the new tools and the larger questions about how to strengthen the legal framework for public participation. "Making Participation Legal," the publication that includes the model ordinance and accompanying state amendment, is available on the DDC Resource Page.