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St. Petersburg City Council chairman says new rule is needed to limit talking

St. Petersburg City Council chairman Karl Nurse wants people to know he didn’t forget his pledge to crack down on talkative colleagues.

Bay Buzz pointed out Sunday that council member Wengay Newton has recently taken over meetings and workshops by bombarding Mayor Bill Foster and staffers with questions. Agenda review took two hours last week because of his questions.

It's common for council members to roll their eyes, shake their heads or talk to one another when Newton speaks.

Meetings are shorter, but Newton found a loophole, Nurse says.

“You may have noticed that council meetings are hours shorter this year than last,” Nurse said.

“What has happened is that Wengay figured out that time limits apply to council meetings. Now, he is filibustering agenda review, workshops, etc. City Council will have to adopt a resolution changing our rules to close this loophole."

[Last modified: Monday, June 3, 2013 10:42am]


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