it's a delicate balance. some people want to speak at public local government meetings about the information they have to provide in order to be heard is raising concerns about their privacy and security.
gillette has been looking into that issue and this is an s interesting debate,
bud. >> reporter: yes, it s. in the dallas county commissioner's court, public speakers are required if tofill llout forms like this and what happens next worries some critics of local government. >> and to be comfortable that everyone in this court has my address and personal phone number in the paper. >> reporter: before speaking tuesday, she was rtuequired to give her home address and phone number out nuloud and put them down oemn the registration form. all available to anyone who wants it. >> . and any time your information is out, rmn there it's scarity. >> reporter: she s>>hares the s concern. after she spoke out earlier this year, she claims shaia critic followed her out to her car. >> and started yelling at me and calling me, um, very unnice ve names. all alyou have to do is to present out my name and address off of the internet. i watched and did -- >> reporter: fernandez, who w wants to be elected said she was worried for her family. >> i would think that it could have a hadeterrent effect on citizens wanting to stand up and make a comment. >> reporter: he agrees it's e vital for government to be transparent. this issue, he said, may mahaveup intendedconsequences. co >> and in a strange way, the open records act could be a deterrent on citizens voicing their opinion. >> reporter: the commissioner's court policy is hardly unique. the dallas thcity council has a similar requirement as qudo other major municipalities in north texas. it asks for a resident's address and phone number and foot worth the same with the speakers. commissioners do the same erand collin county asks for the city where a speaker lives. and we tried to get an on- camera interview and found that no one is available on the topic and an, mail, we're hold -- told s not now to that administration and is in place for some time without a concern.