Search
Close this search box.
Get unlimited local news and information that matters to you.

Whatcom County Council suspends remote public comment

Council revising public comment rules following hate speech incidents

By Charlotte Alden General Assignment/Enterprise Reporter


Whatcom County Council has followed the Bellingham City Council in restricting remote public comment until further notice after incidents of hate speech at previous council meetings.

According to the county council agenda for Tuesday, Feb. 20, the council is not offering remote public comment at the Tuesday meeting as they review “public comment rules and procedures.”

County council will still offer public comment in person, through email and by phone. People with disabilities may be able to still provide comment remotely, but they must contact the council office by noon on the meeting day to register.

Bellingham City Council suspended public comment over Zoom starting Monday, Feb. 12 after a Feb. 6 Whatcom County Council meeting where people speaking remotely during open session used antisemitic tropes and racial and homophobic slurs.

Charlotte Alden is CDN’s general assignment/enterprise reporter; reach her at charlottealden@cascadiadaily.com; 360-922-3090 ext. 123.

Latest stories

Man died from gunshot wound in woods near Tull Road
April 15, 2024 2:07 p.m.
The hotel opened in 1904, played host to 'Rosarians' social club
April 14, 2024 10:00 p.m.
Bellingham thirsts for housing, yet this vacant land has sat untouched for decades
April 13, 2024 10:00 p.m.

Have a news tip?

Email newstips@cascadiadaily.com or Call/Text 360-922-3092

Sign up for our free email newsletters