WASHINGTON (AP) — The D.C. Council has passed a measure banning members from using profanity during public meetings.

The council unanimously approved the resolution without debate Tuesday.

Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown pushed the resolution after D.C. Council members Marion Barry and David Catania got into a profanity-laced shouting match during a retreat last week. It bars members from using “profane, indecent or abusive language” during meetings.

If a Council member violates the new rules, Brown will be empowered to try to remove that member from the meeting.

Brown says the policy puts into code internal policies he implemented in the fall.

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