Melton to host telephone town hall

Published 11:13 pm Monday, November 9, 2015

By Justin Fedich | The Selma Times-Journal

State Rep. Darrio Melton will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. to address issues that have been caused a lot of debate over recent week.

The meeting will be different from other town hall meetings because it will happen on the telephone. Those who take part are asked to register but will be able to have a live conversation with Melton about ongoing issues. Melton said he plans to discuss the recent announcement to close many of the Black Belt’s driver’s license offices, the future of Paul M. Grist State Park and Gov. Robert Bentley’s decision to not expand Medicaid.

Email newsletter signup

“There’s so much going on in the state right now,” Melton said. “It’s just an effort to have something that we can do at a convenient time.”

Town hall meetings often happen during the middle of the week, making it difficult for many to make it out to share their opinions. Melton is hoping holding the meeting on the telephone will alleviate some of those problems and allow more people to take part.

He said he hears plenty of opinions from people through social media. He is hoping those people will join him in the telephone town hall to voice their opinions.

“Through social media I hear from people all the time,” Melton said. “It’s just a way for us to try to have some live interaction.”

Participants can register at to reserve a spot for the telephone town hall. Call-in instructions will be emailed by Tuesday morning, but Melton said there is no deadline to register.

Melton said he plans to hold more town hall meetings in the coming months.