Public Participation

Testify at a Public Hearing
Citizens may testify on a specific subject or bill at a scheduled public hearing. Public Hearings are posted on Public Meeting Calendar, in the local newspapers, listed on the agenda that runs on Harford Cable Network and posted on the Council's bulletin board at 212 South Bond Street.

Persons who wish to testify at a public hearing must sign up in advance. A person who wants to speak at a public hearing can register until the start of the 1st scheduled hearing. Persons may register to speak at a scheduled public hearing in the County Council Chamber foyer 30 minutes prior to the start of a scheduled public hearing. Persons may sign up in advance until 5 p.m. on the day of the scheduled public hearing by completing the Public Hearing Registration Form, by emailing the Council Office, or by calling (410) 638-3343.

Address the Council During a Legislative Session
Comments & Input from Attending Citizens
Citizens may address the Council during a legislative session under the agenda item Comments & Input from Attending Citizens. The Council President may, prior to the presentation by the 1st speaker, establish a maximum time limit of 3 minutes for oral testimony by each person. The President may also establish a maximum time limit of 5 minutes for oral testimony by a spokesperson (representative) testifying for an organization.

Members of the public who want to address the Council must sign up in advance. Persons may register to speak at the County Council Chamber foyer starting 30 minutes prior to the start of a scheduled legislative session. Persons may sign up in advance until 5 p.m. on the day of the scheduled legislative session by completing the Legislative Session Registration Form, by emailing the Council Office, or by calling (410) 638-3343. Persons who want to speak during Agenda Item #17 Comments & Input from Attending Citizens can register until the conclusion of Agenda Item #14 New Business. Testimony may also be submitted for the record in writing.

Speakers can address almost any topic except subject matters that are currently before the Council, such as zoning cases and legislation which can not be discussed until the meeting following the final action.