Richmond City Council decides after hourlong debate that its members talk too much

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Richmond City Council spent more than an hour Tuesday night talking about how its members talk too much.

The council then voted 5-1 in favor of limiting council members to five minutes when speaking on issues during meetings, according to the West County Times.

Other new rules include capping proclamations per year to 12 per council member, prioritizing unresolved items at meetings, and forcing council members to ask “real questions, not statements masquerading as questions,” the newspaper reported.

The new rules follow many divisive council meetings in which quarreling among members has forced sessions beyond midnight. Despite the long meetings, few agenda items end up addressed.

“Our meetings are unacceptable and make us a laughingstock,” said Councilmember Jim Rogers, who proposed the rules along with Councilmember Jael Myrick.