City Solicitor John DeRosa agreed saying it was "constitutionally infirm." He has supplied the council with an opinion on the original change and a modified rule he believes will stand up: "Signs, placards, banners or similar items shall not be permitted at any time in the Council Chamber."
The council has been trying for several years to reduce visitors from disrupting the proceedings, including banning one for six months for holding signs and making comments.
The mayor has also nominated City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau for reappointment. Gomeau has been city clerk for nine years.
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