800-07
LEGISLATIVE ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS, AND CONTRACTS

SWOOSH_B&W

POLICY & PROCEDURE

Subject:

LEGISLATIVE ORDINANCES, RESOLUTIONS, AND CONTRACTS

Index: LEGISLATIVE

Number: 800-07

Effective Date:

11/16/2015

Supersedes:

8/6/2007

Page:

1 of 3

Staff Contact:

Jay Covington

Approved By:

Ed Prince, Council President

1.0 PURPOSE:

To establish guidelines and procedures for the preparation, presentation, and processing of City ordinances, resolutions, and contracts.

2.0 ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED:

City Councilmembers and Administration

3.0 REFERENCES:

RCW 65.16.160

RCW 35A.12.130

RCW 35A.12.150

RCW 35A.12.160

4.0 POLICY:

4.1    All ordinances shall be prepared or reviewed by the City Attorney Department.

4.1.1    No ordinance or resolution shall be prepared for presentation to the City Council unless ordered by majority vote of the Council, requested by the Mayor, or prepared by the City Attorney on his or her own initiative.

4.1.2    All ordinances, resolutions, and contract documents shall, before presentation to Council, be approved as to form and legality by the City Attorney Department.

4.2    All ordinances, resolutions, and contract documents shall be examined and approved for administrative review by the department head, or his or her authorized representative, having jurisdiction over the subject matter.

4.3    At the time of adoption of an ordinance or resolution, it shall be read by title only unless the full reading is requested by a majority vote of the Council.

4.4    Before any ordinance shall take effect, its title shall be published in the City’s official newspaper or otherwise advertised in accordance with the requirements established by State law unless adopted as an emergency measure, which shall take effect upon adoption.

4.5    The Mayor shall sign all ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other documents necessitating his or her signature, and all of such documents shall be duly attested to by the City Clerk. In the event of the absence or unavailability of the Mayor, the signature of the Council President may be used.

4.5.1    The Mayor shall have the power to veto ordinances passed by the City Council and submitted to him or her for signature as provided in RCW 35A.12.130

5.0 DEFINITIONS:

N/A

6.0 PROCEDURES:

6.1    All ordinances and resolutions presented for adoption by Council shall be reviewed by the appropriate Council committee responsible for the subject matter.

6.1.1    Copies of the proposed ordinances and resolutions shall accompany an agenda bill when the subject matter is placed on the consent agenda for referral to Council committee.

6.1.2    Resolutions shall be read and adopted at the time the Council committee report is presented for reading and adoption, or as determined by Committee.

6.1.3    Ordinances shall be placed on first reading at the time the Committee report is presented for reading and adoption. The ordinance will be placed on the Council agenda for second and final reading and adoption the following week, OR when all legal requirements are met.

6.2    No ordinance shall take effect until five (5) days after the date of publication except when such ordinance may be subject to referendum, at which time the ordinance shall not take effect until thirty (30) days after publication unless adopted as an emergency measure, which shall take effect upon adoption.

6.2.1    Before any ordinance shall take effect, the title shall be published at least once in a newspaper generally circulated within the City of Renton, which shall be the City’s official newspaper.

6.2.2    Whenever the City is required to publish legal notices containing the full text of any proposed or adopted ordinance in the City’s official newspaper, the City may, upon the choice of the Attorney, publish a summary of the ordinance. Such summary shall be approved by the City Council.