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Parliamentarians do not make rulings or "set" rules. They only advise the presiding officer. Nor, for that matter, can the presiding officer make any sort of declaration about rules for debate that alter the default rules of the organization or its parliamentary authority (which, if that authority is Robert's Rules are that each member can speak for up to ten minutes per speech and no more than twice on any motion, the second time only if there aren't others who have not yet spoken). If there are to be other "debate rules," they are adopted under the motion to limit or extend limits of debate. That motion requires a second, is amendable but not debatable, and requires a two thirds vote for adoption.

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