How citizens can have a genuine voice in policymaking

Brian Wilson during testimony before the Denver City Council. /Credit- CBS
Brian Wilson during testimony before the Denver City Council. /Credit- CBS

There’s a lot that our governments could do beyond giving people three minutes at a public-hearing podium

By Larry Schooler | Governing

“This is America. We want to make it easier for people to participate.” So said President Obama in his final State of the Union address. Beyond the partisan divides around some of the president’s policy proposals lies a compelling thought: Regardless of the policy outcome, give ordinary people genuine, effective access to the process. That is an achievable goal — as demonstrated by the many local governments that have taken positive steps to make it so.

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