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Group protests NWI's NIRPC comment rules

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CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) Demonstrators have gathered outside Crown Point's City Hall to protest their inability to make comments during meetings of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

They rallied against Crown Point Mayor David Uran, the chairman of the commission who has said the public can comment only on agenda items during the panel's meetings. Protesters chanted "King Uran, let us speak" during the demonstration Wednesday.

Rudy Velasco of East Chicago and the group Citizens for Accessible Transportation says that group and other advocates of disability rights and accessible transportation have been denied the right to speak out before the commission.

Uran tells The (Munster) Times his decision to limit comments to agenda items was made so the NIRPC board can conduct its business.


Posted 10/16/2013