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Rules of Council -- Cleveland City Council

Rules of Council -- Cleveland City Council

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#29496 v1 - RULES OF COUNCIL 2010-2014, Cleveland City Council, Cleveland, Ohio USA
#29496 v1 - RULES OF COUNCIL 2010-2014, Cleveland City Council, Cleveland, Ohio USA

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RULES OF COUNCILRules of OrderGoverning the Council of the City of Cleveland2010-2013
 The following rules of order shall govern the procedures of the CityCouncil and the conduct of its members.
All meetings of the Council shall be held inthe Council Chamber in the City Hall, unless otherwise orderedby the Council.
Rule 2.Meetings – Public.
All meetings of the Council or committeesthereof shall be public, and upon request of any citizen desiringto be heard on any matter, then under consideration by theCouncil, the Council may, on motion, resolve itself into aCommittee of the Whole and hear such citizen at such time andfor such period as Council may determine. Persons desiring tobe heard by any committee of Council on any matter then underconsideration may, by consent of such committee, be given anopportunity to be heard thereon. All Rules of Council minutesand records of the Council shall be open to the public at allreasonable times.
Rule 3.Regular Meetings.
After the Council has been organizedpursuant to Section 28 of the Charter, regular meetings of theCouncil shall be held in the Council Chamber every Mondayevening at 7:00 o’clock P.M., unless otherwise ordered bymotion, resolution or ordinance. Whenever the regular meetingfalls on a legal holiday or a special election day – or the daypreceding a legal holiday or primary or other election day, themeeting shall be held on a day to be fixed by the Council.
Rule 4.Summer Schedule.
During the months of July and August, theCouncil shall be on summer schedule and shall meet at suchtimes as shall be set forth in the resolution of Councilestablishing such schedule.
Rule 5.Special Meetings.
Special meetings may be called at any timeby the Mayor, the President of Council, or any five membersupon at least twelve (12) hours written notice to each member of the Council served personally on each member or left at his
usual place of residence; provided, however, that no such noticeneed be served on any Councilmember present at a meeting of Council at which the President of Council may give oral notice of the time and purpose of a special meeting. Any such notice shallstate the subjects to be considered at the meeting, and no othersubjects shall be there considered.
Rule 6.Quorum; Professionalism.
A majority of all the memberselected to Council shall be a quorum to do business, but a lessnumber may adjourn from day to day and compel the attendanceof absent members in the manner and under such penalties asshall be prescribed by these rules.. All members shall conductthemselves professionally and shall attend all official meetings of Council in appropriate professional attire.
Rule 7.Order of Business.
The business of all regular meetings of theCouncil shall be transacted in the following order, unless theCouncil by a two-thirds vote, shall suspend the rules and changethe order.1.Roll call of members.2.Prayer.3.Pledge of Allegiance.4.Disposal of the journal of the preceding meeting.5.Reports and communications from the Mayor.6.Reports and communications from departments,commissions and other public officers.7.Other communications, petitions and memorials.8.Reports of standing committees.9.Reports of special committees.10.Introduction of ordinances and resolutions.11.Second reading of ordinances and resolutions.12.Third reading of ordinances and resolutions.13.Reading and passage of emergency ordinances andresolutions.14.Miscellaneous business shall be permitted at thediscretion of the chair.15.Report of the clerk with reference to absence of members.16.Adjournment. The presiding officer may, at any time without objection of themembers of Council, permit a member to introduce anordinance, resolution or motion out of the regular order provided,however, if an objection is made, a two-thirds vote of allmembers elected to Council shall be required to permit suchintroduction out of the regular order.
Rule 8.The Calendar.
It shall be the duty of the Clerk to have set asideconspicuously in
The City Recor
a portion to be titled “TheCalendar. The following measures will be on their passage at thenext meeting.” Under this title the Clerk shall arrange, and haveprinted in consecutive order, by title all ordinances andresolutions which are on for passage at the next meeting of Council. In the event that any such ordinances or resolutionshave been amended, the full text of the operative sections of such ordinance or resolution, as amended, shall be published inaddition to the title thereof. When action upon any measureappearing upon the Calendar is postponed to a day certain, suchmeasure shall be considered on said day to which postponedwhether or not it appears upon the Calendar of said day.
 The President of Council, and in thePresident’s absence the President of Council pro tempore, shallpreside over the meetings of the Council. In the absence of thePresident of Council, the Majority Leader shall serve as thePresident of Council pro tempore; in the absence of both thePresident of Council and the Majority Leader, the Majority Whipshall serve as the President of Council pro tempore. In theabsence of the President of Council, the Majority Leader and theMajority Whip, the City Clerk shall call the Council to order; andif, after the roll call is called a quorum shall be present, theCouncil shall choose one of its members President of Council protempore. The President of Council pro tempore shall presideuntil the President of Council appears, but in no event beyondsuch meeting, and shall discharge all the duties and be clothedwith all the powers of the President of Council as such presidingofficer during the President of Council’s absence. The PresidingOfficer shall call all meetings of the Council to order at the hourappointed and shall proceed with the order of business. If aquorum be present, the Presiding Officer shall give the membersan opportunity for correcting the journal of the previous meeting,a copy of which shall be placed on the desk of each member of the Council. In the absence of any objections or corrections, theminutes shall stand approved. The Presiding Officer shallpreserve order and decorum, prevent personalities or theimpugning of members’ motives, confine members in debate tothe question under discussion, shall decide all points of ordersubject to an appeal to the Council, and shall appoint all standingcommittees and such select committees as may be authorized

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