Limiting talking time for officials

Regarding the Feb. 26 Page 1 story, Councilors debate rule changes, I find it curious that Councilor Ross Day knows of “no other body” that limits the time an elected member can speak. Really? How about the U.S. House of Representatives, as one example? 

According to the House’s official rules, “House debate nearly always takes place under some form of time restriction. …Time restrictions make it difficult for individual Representatives to get debate time on the floor. When Members are accorded debate time, they rarely receive more than two to five minutes.” 

If Councilor Day wants to give councilors five minutes, the same as the limit put by council on members of the public who want to testify, fine. But the concept of a limit is hardly out of left field. 

Carolyn Homan