In this sentence should it be public "was" given or does the first "was" cover it?

A notice was published in the newspaper, and the public given 30 days to comment.

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    Your sentence is perfectly fine as written. – tchrist Aug 8 '13 at 22:34
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    The comma before "and" bothers me. – David Schwartz Aug 9 '13 at 0:05

The first one covers it. This is ellipsis, and perfectly acceptable.

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