The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will limit comments to three minutes per person at its weekly Wednesday meetings.
Under the direction of new Board Chairman Gary Leif, several changes will me made to the rules on public comments.
The three-minute rule, along with a 30-minute limit to the allotted time for all comments, will change the commission's longstanding policy of accepting all comments without time limits.
In another policy reversal, the commissioners will begin turning a camera on speakers. The meetings will continue to be live-streamed, with recordings available on the internet.
Since commissioners Tim Freeman and Chris Boice turned the cameras back on in 2015, they've pointed directly at the commissioners throughout the meetings, making it impossible for viewers to see members of the public who address the commission.
Some citizens had requested in 2017 that the cameras be turned on them when they spoke. Boice argued the change could lead to grandstanding and cost extra staff time. Leif had said he supported the idea.