The Dallas City Council voted to limit the number of times people can speak during the public comment part of each week's council meetings.
Each person will be limited to once-a-month public comment in a motion that was approved in a 9-5 vote.
Supporters said the change frees up time to conduct city business and cuts down on abuses of the public comment opportunity.
Opponents said limiting any kind of free speech violates a citizen's fundamental right to address city leaders.
"I believe they have the right, as voters in this city, as taxpayers in this city, to come down to their city hall. This is their city hall," said Carolyn Davis, Dallas city councilwoman.
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