[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Norristown 4-6-1993 as Ord. No. 93-9. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Borough Council, the legislative and policy making body for the Borough of Norristown, hereby establishes a Code of Conduct for the members of Council to adhere to in all meetings of Council. This Code of Conduct is established in order to promote order and professionalism in all facets of a Councilmember's public duties.
No member of Council shall be denied the opportunity to have the floor during debate.
A member of Council must first be recognized by the President or Chair before engaging in debate, unless raising a point of order.
A member of Council may not address another member directly in debate; all comments must be addressed to the President or Chair.
Councilmembers may not caucus on the floor during debate or public comment in a group greater than two (2) members.
A member of the body should wear appropriate business attire at all regular meetings of Council.
Members of Council shall use appropriate language at all times. Excessive use of obscenities will not be tolerated.
Should the President or Chair wish to engage in formal debate, the Chair shall first notify the body of such intent, and, should the debate continue for a longer than reasonable period, the Chair should voluntarily and temporarily yield the Chair.
Members of Council must be present in chambers in order to cast a vote.
No member of Council shall be given the floor for debate once a single roll call vote has been cast.
The debate and actions of Council in Executive Session are to be held in confidence among the members and those in attendance. Any breach of that confidence will not be tolerated by Council.
Any member of Council found to be in violation of the Code of Conduct may be subject to retribution by Council as a whole. For violations of the Code of Conduct, members may be subjected to a public reprimand by Council by resolution after a debate over such and majority vote both in Executive Session.