CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - The Camilla city council implemented a new speaking policy Monday night.
Citizens who wish to appear before the council must submit a written request to the city clerk explaining the topic they plan to address.
They can also speak about topics on a meeting agenda by signing up before the meeting.
Officials said that many other governing bodies have similar rules, but critics say it diminishes their free speech.
"We really truly feel like this is direct push back from the citizens getting involved and we feel like our voices are trying to be silenced, and we are not going to be silenced," said resident Janet Goree.
Violators of the new policy will be prohibited from appearing before the council for 60 days.