Chapter 2.06


2.06.010    Parliamentary authority.

2.06.020    Speaking procedure.

2.06.030    Parliamentary inquiry of chair.

2.06.040    Point of order.

2.06.050    Second required.

2.06.060    Reduction to writing.

2.06.070    Amending amendments.

2.06.080    Ordering previous question.

2.06.090    Withdrawal.

2.06.100    Division of question.

2.06.110    Motions to reconsider and rescind.

2.06.120    Rules – Amendment – Observance required – Transgression.

2.06.130    Conflict of interest and voting.

*    For Charter provisions on city council meetings, see Charter Section 3.6.

2.06.010 Parliamentary authority.

A. The presiding officer shall be charged with the responsibility of maintaining order and decorum at all times. The presiding officer shall make rulings as deemed necessary concerning points of order or concerning spectators. The presiding officer shall instruct members of the public to be as brief as possible and, when speaking as an individual, to contain remarks to three minutes, and if representing a group, to contain remarks to five minutes.

B. A motion to appeal the challenge the ruling of the presiding officer may be made by any council member, subject to a second. The motion to appeal is not debatable. The presiding officer’s ruling stands unless disapproved by a majority vote of the council. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.020 Speaking procedure.

A. Any council member, wishing to speak, shall address the presiding officer, and shall refrain from speaking until recognized.

B. When two or more members request recognition simultaneously, the presiding officer shall determine which one shall speak first.

C. Every member while speaking shall confine him or herself to the subject under debate, shall refrain from personalities, and shall not refer to any other member of the council except in a respectful manner.

D. Unless a member who has the floor yields for that purpose, no member shall interrupt another while speaking, except to submit a parliamentary inquiry or make a point of order.

E. No member shall speak more than twice or for more than 10 minutes continuously to any one question, except that one or more additional periods of 10 minutes may be granted by unanimous consent. The reading of papers desired by any member shall be read by the member or by the city clerk, within the member’s time limitation. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.030 Parliamentary inquiry of chair.

Any council member may make a parliamentary inquiry of the presiding officer at any time during the meeting. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.040 Point of order.

Any member may request a point of order without a second. The presiding officer may speak to points of order in preference to other members and shall decide all such questions, subject to appeal to the council. No further business shall be conducted until resolution of the point of order. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.050 Second required.

All motions shall require a second, unless otherwise provided. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.060 Reduction to writing.

Any motion must be reduced to writing if the presiding officer so requires or any member so demands. No other business shall be entertained until reasonable time (not over 10 minutes) is afforded for compliance with this rule. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.070 Amending amendments.

A motion to amend an amendment shall be in order, but a motion to amend an amendment to an amendment shall not be in order. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.080 Ordering previous question.

When a motion requesting that the previous question be moved, stating the previous question to be ordered is made, all debate shall be suspended and a vote to accept the motion shall be taken. A two-thirds affirmative vote is required to order the previous question. If the motion is carried, the ordered previous question shall be voted on. If the motion to order the previous question fails, debate is resumed where previously left off. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.090 Withdrawal.

After a motion is moved for and seconded and is stated or read by the presiding officer, it shall be deemed to be in the possession of the council and may not be withdrawn by the maker of the motion or the member seconding the motion. If a motion is made and seconded but not moved to the council for debate, the maker of the motion and the member seconding the motion may withdraw the motion. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.100 Division of question.

Any member may make a motion to divide the question, when allowed. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.110 Motions to reconsider and rescind.

A. A motion to reconsider a vote may be made only by a member who voted with the prevailing side. The motion shall be made during the meeting at which the action is taken.

1. A proper motion to reconsider suspends implementation and the effect of the decision for which reconsideration is moved. Actions that cannot be reconsidered are defined in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

2. Only one motion to reconsider shall be entertained on any ordinance, resolution or other action even if the council overturns the original action. If a motion to reconsider a particular ordinance fails, a second motion to reconsider the same action shall not be in order.

3. Debate on motions to reconsider shall be limited to 35 minutes and no member shall speak for more than five minutes.

B. A motion to rescind something previously adopted may be moved by any member. Action adopting an ordinance may not be rescinded after the effective date of the ordinance. Other actions that cannot be rescinded are defined in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised.

1. A motion to rescind requires a two-thirds vote unless notice of the motion was given at the regular meeting immediately preceding the meeting when the motion is to be considered. If this notice was given, only a majority of the council is required for approval. Upon failure of a motion to rescind for which previous notice has been given, no further motions or notices of intent to rescind the same action are in order.

2. Debate on motions to rescind shall be limited to 35 minutes and no member shall speak for more than five minutes.

3. No measure to rescind shall be reconsidered more than once. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.120 Rules – Amendment – Observance required – Transgression.

A. A proposed amendment to, or repeal of, any rule shall be submitted in writing, be laid on the table at the meeting to which it is submitted, and shall become the first item of unfinished business at the next regular meeting.

B. In all matters of parliamentary procedure not covered by these rules, Robert’s Rules of Order shall be applicable and govern.

C. The city council rules and order of business shall be observed in all cases, unless suspended temporarily for a special purpose of an emergency nature by a vote of four members present. Any member may move at any time for the suspension of any rule, and such motion must be seconded to entitle it to consideration.

D. If any member, in speaking or otherwise, transgresses the rules of the council, the presiding officer shall, or any member can, call the member to order; in which case the member so called to order shall immediately cease discussion unless permitted by the presiding officer to explain; and the council, if appealed to, shall decide the question without debate. If the decision is in favor of the member so called to order, the member shall be at liberty to proceed; if otherwise, the member shall not proceed without leave of the council to proceed in order. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)

2.06.130 Conflict of interest and voting.

A. A member of the council shall declare a substantial financial interest the member has in an official action and ask to be excused from a vote on the matter;

1. The presiding officer shall rule on the request to be excused from the vote;

2. The decision of the presiding officer on the request may be overridden by a majority vote;

B. Declaration to be excused must be made before the vote, and shall be decided without debate;

C. A municipal employee or official, other than a member of the governing body, may not participate in an official action in which the employee or official has a substantial financial interest;

D. The presiding officer shall declare all votes; but if any member doubts a vote, the presiding officer, without further debate upon the question, shall request the members voting in the affirmative and negative respectively to so indicate, and shall declare the result;

E. The vote upon all matters considered by the council shall be taken by yes or no votes which shall be entered upon the record, except that when the vote is unanimous, it shall be necessary only to so state. (Ord. 648 § 5, 2005)