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(A) When any Councilmember is about to speak or present any matter to the Council, she/he shall respectfully address him- or herself to the Presiding Officer, and, on being recognized, may address the Council, and shall confine him- or herself to the question in debate and shall avoid personalities.
(B) No Councilmember shall speak more than twice on the same question without leave of the Council, and no more than once until every Councilmember choosing to speak shall have spoken. All speeches shall be limited to five minutes, unless further time is granted by the Council. Time consumed in answering questions shall not be considered as part of the speaker's time.
(C) When two or more Councilmembers request to be heard at the same time, the Presiding Officer shall decide which shall speak first.
(D) During regular sessions, while the Presiding Officer is putting a question or addressing the Council, or when any member is speaking, no member shall engage in any private conversation or walk across or leave the room without the permission of the Presiding Officer.
(E) No Councilmember shall impugn the motive of any other.
(F) Any Councilmember may change his or her vote before the announcement of the result by the Presiding Officer.
(G) If any Councilmember fails to follow these rules of decorum on debate, he/she shall be subject to a point of order addressed to the Presiding Officer.
('74 Code, § 2-21) (Ord. passed 1-2-56; Am. Ord. G-18-92, passed 4-26-92)