Cracker-barrel audience now must submit questions in writing

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - If you plan on heading to the Rapid City Cracker-barrel public meetings with area legislators this year -- plan on seeing some changes.

Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President Lynn Kendall.

The Cracker-barrels -- held four times the legislative session -- bring area lawmakers together to answer questions about progress in Pierre.

In the past, citizens were allowed to take the microphone and directly ask questions. A new policy is in place now. Attendees will be asked to write questions out and pass them to the event moderator.

“We want to maintain professionalism and civil discourse -- not that we haven't had that in the past -- but moving forward we're always looking for ways to improve and event and we're hoping that this will do that,” said Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President Lynn Kendall.

The first Rapid City Cracker-barrel for 2017 will be held Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.