PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union says a Rhode Island town should not prohibit attendees at town meetings from interrupting, making slanderous remarks and behaving boisterously.
The Narragansett Town Council is considering asking the town solicitor to draft a "decorum ordinance," similar to new rules approved in Exeter, Rhode Island last month.
The Rhode Island ACLU chapter said Monday that considering such a proposal sends the wrong message and would have a "chilling effect" on Narragansett residents and their willingness to speak their minds at open forum sessions of council meetings.
The ACLU says other municipalities shouldn't follow the town of Exeter's "questionable lead."
The Narragansett council president's recommendation for drafting the ordinance states it would ensure that First Amendment rights are protected while keeping town meetings civil.