People who address Macon City Council generally will get three minutes to speak instead of five under changes the council OK’d Tuesday evening.
The changes passed easily after several failed attempts to overhaul the rules governing the public comment section of the council’s twice-monthly meetings. It failed to pass last month largely because several supporters were in France on a trip to one of Macon’s sister cities.
The measure passed 12-2 on Tuesday, with Councilman Virgil Watkins and Council President Miriam Paris voting against it. Councilman Erick Erickson, the 15th member, was out of town.
If a speaker needs more than three minutes, a majority of the council can vote to give them more time.
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Some members supported a change requiring that speakers stick to talking about items on the night’s agenda, but that change did not pass.