Chapter 2.48
COUNCIL MEETINGS

Sections:

2.48.010    Places for meetings.

2.48.020    Regular meetings.

2.48.025    Additional evening hearing on proposed budget.

2.48.030    Special meetings.

2.48.035    Attendance by telephonic means.

2.48.040    Recesses.

2.48.050    Adjournments.

2.48.060    Continuances.

2.48.070    Meetings open to the public.

2.48.080    Chairperson.

2.48.090    Chief of staff, clerk, staff.

2.48.100    Quorum -- Vote.

2.48.110    Agenda.

2.48.115    Minutes -- Records.

2.48.118    Executive/Council Approval Form (ECAF)

2.48.122    Introduction and referral of ordinances.

2.48.123    Presentation and referral of motions.

2.48.124    Committee action on proposed ordinances and motions.

2.48.125    Certain matters exempt.

2.48.126    Passage of ordinances.

2.48.130    Publication of ordinances.

2.48.140    Form of ordinances.

2.48.150    Emergency ordinances.

2.48.160    Resolutions.

2.48.165    Motions.

2.48.170    Council standing committees.

2.48.172    Council ad hoc committees.

2.48.175    Lapse and reintroduction of ordinances.

2.48.180    Suspension of rules.

2.48.190    Initiative, mini-initiative, and referendum.

2.48.200    Severability.

2.48.010 Places for meetings.

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, regular meetings of the county council shall be held in the Henry M. Jackson Board Room, Robert J. Drewel Building, eighth floor, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, Washington. The place of special meetings or adjourned regular or special meetings shall be as specified in SCC 2.48.030 or 2.48.050. If by reason of fire, flood, earthquake or other emergency there is a need for expedited action of the county council to meet the emergency, the council chairperson may provide for a meeting site other than the regular meeting site and the notice requirements of SCC 2.48.030 through 2.48.070 shall be suspended during such emergency.

At least one evening meeting shall be held within each council district during each calendar year.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-025, May 17, 2017, Eff date June 1, 2017).

2.48.020 Regular meetings.

(1) Regular meetings of the council shall be held on Monday and Wednesday of each week, beginning at 9:00 a.m., except for evening meetings, and adjourning at such time as the chairperson or a majority of the council shall determine. The Monday meeting shall include an administrative session and the Wednesday meeting shall include a general legislative session, provided that such sessions shall not limit council action at other meetings. If any regular meeting falls on a holiday, such regular meeting shall be held on the next business day unless cancelled by the chairperson or a majority of the council.

(2) Regular meetings of council committees shall be held in accordance with SCC 2.48.170 or 2.48.172. Regular meetings of council standing committees composed of three or more council members shall also constitute regular council meetings at the times stated in SCC 2.48.170, provided that the meetings shall be conducted as committee meetings and council action shall be limited as set out in SCC 2.48.170.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended Ord. 06-001, Jan. 25, 2006, Eff. date Feb. 16, 2006; Amended Ord. 07-012, February 21, 2007, Eff March 9, 2007; Amended by Ord. 08-106, Sept. 3, 2008, Eff date Sept. 15, 2008; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-025, May 17, 2017, Eff date June 1, 2017).

2.48.025 Additional evening hearing on proposed budget.

Unless the council finds that an emergency exists, a public hearing must be held in the evening on the proposed budget presented by the county executive pursuant to charter section 6.50 and on any proposed ordinance to adopt, amend, or repeal a county comprehensive plan.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-025, May 17, 2017, Eff date June 1, 2017).

2.48.030 Special meetings.

(1) A special meeting of the council or a council committee may be called at any time by the chairperson or by a majority of the council or council committee by delivering written notice personally or by mail to each member of the council or council committee and to each local newspaper of general circulation and to each local radio or television station which has on file with the council a written request to be notified of such special meeting or of all special meetings. Special meetings of council committees composed of three or more council members and regular meetings of ad hoc committees composed of three or more council members shall also be noticed as special council meetings when council action may be taken within the meaning of RCW 42.30.020(3), provided that the meetings shall be conducted as committee meetings and council action shall be limited as set out in SCC 2.48.170 or 2.48.172.

(2) Such notice must be delivered at least twenty-four hours before the time of the meeting specified in the notice. The notice shall specify the time and place of the special meeting and the business to be transacted. Final disposition shall not be taken at such meeting on any matter other than as stated in the notice. Written notice may be dispensed with as to any member who prior to the time of meeting files with the clerk of the council written waiver of notice, or as to any member actually present at the meeting at the time it convenes. The council or council committee may dispense with notice of a special meeting called to deal with an emergency involving injury to persons or property or the likelihood of such injury or damage when time requirements of such notice would make notice impractical and increase the likelihood of such injury or damage.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980, Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff Date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011).

2.48.035 Attendance by telephonic means.

(1) A member of the council may attend and participate in all or part of a council or council committee meeting by speakerphone or other form of telephonic communication by means of which the member can hear what is said at the meeting and be heard by other persons attending the meeting. Participation may include voting on any matter before the council or committee. A member who is physically present must preside over the meeting.

(2) This section shall not apply to

(a) a meeting at which a quorum is not physically present at the meeting, or

(b) a closed record appeal hearing conducted under SCC 30.72.110.

(3) A member may attend no more than six meetings by telephonic means per calendar year. A member who plans to attend a meeting by telephonic means is requested to provide notice at a regular meeting prior to the meeting to be attended by telephonic means. If such notice is not provided the member shall provide reasonable notice to the clerk of the council, who shall be responsible for making necessary arrangements.

(Added Ord. 07-114, Nov. 5, 2007, Eff date Dec. 6, 2007; Amended by Ord. 08-134, Oct. 29, 2008, Eff date Nov. 24, 2008; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011)

2.48.040 Recesses.

Any meeting may be recessed at any time by the chairperson or a majority of the council or council committee.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff Date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011).

2.48.050 Adjournments.

The council or a council committee may adjourn any meeting to a time and place stated by the chairperson in the order of adjournment. Less than a quorum may so adjourn from time to time. If all members are absent from a regular or adjourned regular meeting, the clerk of the council may declare the meeting adjourned to a stated time and place. The clerk shall cause written notice of an adjournment to be given as provided in SCC 2.48.030 except that the adjournment may be for less than twenty-four hours, unless such notice is waived as provided in that section. The clerk shall cause written notice of any adjournment to be conspicuously posted immediately after the time of adjournment on or near the door of the place where the meeting adjourned was held. Any adjourned meeting of a regular or adjourned regular meeting is a regular meeting for all purposes. If an order of adjournment fails to state the time at which the adjourned meeting is to be held, it shall be held at the hour specified for the next regular meeting.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980, Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011).

2.48.060 Continuances.

Any hearing being held, noticed or ordered to be held by the council or a council committee may be continued or recontinued to a subsequent meeting.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011).

2.48.070 Meetings open to the public.

All meetings of the council and council committees shall be open to the public, and all persons shall be permitted to attend such meetings, except that this section shall not apply to executive sessions as authorized by the laws of the state of Washington. The council shall not adopt any ordinance, resolution, or motion except at a meeting open to the public and held according to the provisions of this chapter. This section shall not apply to the proceedings described in RCW 42.30.140.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011).

2.48.080 Chairperson.

(1) The chairperson shall preside over all council meetings including meetings of the committee of the whole, manage the general affairs of the council, provide supervision over council employees, answer inquiries and correspondence not requiring consideration by the entire council, and be the formal representative of the council, all subject to such direction and control as the council may provide. The chairperson shall sign all documents requiring the signature of the council, and the chairperson’s signature shall be as legal and binding as if all members had affixed their names. The chairperson shall appoint members of all committees of the council and refer proposed legislation to committee, subject to such direction and control as the council may provide.

(2) On the first regular meeting day of each year, the council shall elect the chairperson and vice chairperson, who shall serve as chairperson in the absence of the chairperson. The regular terms of the chairperson and vice chairperson, who shall serve at the pleasure of the council, shall be for one calendar year and until their successors are elected. The council shall fill any vacancy occurring in either position at any time. In the absence of both the chairperson and the vice chairperson, a temporary chairperson shall be elected by the council to serve as chairperson during such absence.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002).

2.48.090 Chief of staff, clerk, staff.

(1) The council shall designate and appoint such persons as it deems appropriate to be the chief of staff, clerk of the council, assistant clerk or clerks, and such additional employees as are necessary to assist the council in the performance of its functions as provided in the charter and ordinances passed by the council.

(2) The chief of staff shall coordinate work and the providing of information among council members, coordinate action and the providing of information between the county executive and the council, work with the chairperson and clerk of the council on the calendar and agendas, supervise the clerk of the council and staff and perform such other duties as are delegated by the council through the chairperson. The chief of staff shall serve at the pleasure of a majority of the council, and shall be exempt from the county personnel system as provided in SCC 3.68.010(9) and 3A.01.020.

(3) The clerk of the council shall be its clerk, attend meetings and hearings of the council as directed by the chief of staff, cause minutes of meetings and hearings of the council to be kept as required by law, coordinate meetings and hearings of the council or its members with other county officials, supervise routine management of council affairs subject to the supervision of the chief of staff, and perform such other duties as are delegated by the chief of staff.

(4) The assistant clerk shall carry out the duties of the clerk of the council in the clerk’s absence, and perform such duties as are delegated by the clerk of the council.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002).

2.48.100 Quorum -- Vote.

A majority of the council shall constitute a quorum. Council action shall require at least three affirmative votes unless a higher vote is required by state law or by the county charter or ordinance.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002).

2.48.110 Agenda.

(1) No later than 3:00 p.m. on the work day immediately preceding each regular council meeting other than a council committee meeting the clerk shall prepare and deliver the agenda for such regular council meeting to the offices of each council member and the county executive, and shall post the agenda in a prominent location near the entrance to the council chambers. The clerk shall likewise prepare and deliver a preliminary agenda for each Wednesday general legislative session by the close of business the preceding Friday. Changes to the agenda, other than the preliminary agenda, must be approved by the chairperson or a majority of the council.

(2) The agenda for a Wednesday general legislative session may include a consent agenda and council action by motion on scheduling or other administrative matters, which motion shall be prepared by the clerk. Proposed legislation may be placed on the consent agenda at the request of a committee chairperson if a hearing is not required. If a council member objects to placement of proposed legislation on the consent agenda, the proposed legislation shall be removed from the consent agenda and considered separately by the council. Proposed legislation on the consent agenda is not subject to amendment. All items on the consent agenda may be adopted in one motion.

(3) Except as directed by the chairperson or a majority of the council, the agenda for the Monday administrative session shall be substantially as follows:

(a) Call to order;

(b) Special reports;

(c) Approval of minutes;

(d) Public comment;

(e) Introduction and assignment of legislation to committees;

(f) Clerk’s report on pending legislation;

(g) Reports of council committees:

(i) Finance and economic development,

(ii) Law and justice/human services,

(iii) Operations,

(iv) Planning and community development,

(v) Public works,

(vi) Committee of the whole;

(h) Reports of outside committees;

(i) Chairperson’s report;

(j) Chief of staff’s report;

(k) Action on items from committee of the whole;

(l) Other business;

(m) Executive session (as needed).

(4) Except as directed by the chair or a majority of the council, the agenda for the Wednesday general legislative session shall be substantially as follows:

(a) Call to order;

(b) Pledge of allegiance;

(c) Approval of minutes;

(d) Public comment;

(e) Committee of the whole;

(f) Resolutions;

(g) Consent agenda;

(h) Administrative matters;

(i) Action on items from committee:

(i) Finance and economic development,

(ii) Law and justice/human services,

(iii) Operations,

(iv) Planning and community development,

(v) Public works,

(vi) Committee of the whole;

(j) Other business;

(k) Executive session (as needed);

(l) Public meetings/hearings.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended Ord. 06-001, Jan. 25, 2006, Eff date Feb. 16, 2006; Amended Ord. 07-012, February 21, 2007, Eff date March 9, 2007; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011).

2.48.115 Minutes -- Records.

(1) Minutes of all regular and special council meetings, except executive sessions, shall promptly be prepared by the clerk of the council. Minutes of all regular and special council committee meetings, except executive sessions, shall be prepared as directed by the chief of staff. Tapes or other electronic recordings shall be taken of all council and council committee meetings and such other sessions as the chief of staff may require.

(2) If any person or organization not acting on behalf of the county requests a copy of a tape or other recording of a council or council committee proceeding, a copy shall be provided by the clerk at the expense of the requesting person or organization. The clerk shall be under no obligation to transcribe any tape or other recording, and all responsibilities and costs with respect to the preparation of a transcript shall be borne by such person or organization. Disclosure of public records is governed by chapter 2.51 SCC.

(Ord. 80-109, adopted December 15, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011).

2.48.118 Executive/Council Approval Form (ECAF)

(1) The chairperson, after consultation with the county executive, shall adopt a standard transmittal form for proposed council action, to be known as the executive/council approval form or ECAF. The standard transmittal form shall contain blanks to be completed by or on behalf of the county officer proposing or reviewing proposed council action. It shall be directed to the chairperson and filed with the clerk of the council. In addition to other matters required by the chairperson, the ECAF shall include blanks in which to identify the type of action proposed; describe its background and purpose; estimate its fiscal impact on the county for the current year and at least five years thereafter; indicate departmental reviews, if any; and make recommendations to the council.

(2) ECAFs and related documents for council action proposed by a county officer other than a county council member must be routed through the county executive’s office. Following receipt of an ECAF and related documents the executive shall consider the proposed action, indicate any recommendation on the ECAF, and file the ECAF and related documents with the clerk of the council.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011)

2.48.122 Introduction and referral of ordinances.

(1) Proposed ordinances may be introduced by any council member, initiative, or mini-initiative. Proposed ordinances shall be introduced in their entirety in writing.

(2) Upon filing with the clerk of the council with the signature of at least one council member on an introduction form approved by the clerk, or upon receipt by the council of a proposed ordinance submitted as an initiative or mini-initiative under Article 5 of the Snohomish County Charter, the clerk shall assign the proposed ordinance a number and place it on the agenda of the next Monday administrative session for referral to a council committee, provided that the chairperson or a majority of the council may direct that it be placed on the agenda of an earlier council meeting. The agenda shall identify the proposed ordinance by number and title, and name the committee or committees to which it will be referred. If a council member objects to a committee referral, the referral shall be made by a majority of the council.

(3) If at a regular council meeting a council member wishes to obtain committee referral of a proposed ordinance that has not been placed on the agenda, the council member shall file the proposed ordinance with the clerk along with a signed introduction form. The clerk shall read the title and assign a number to the proposed ordinance and the chairperson or council shall refer the ordinance to one or more council committees.

(4) A proposed ordinance referred to more than one committee shall be considered by the committees in the order specified in the referral.

(5) At least once each week the clerk of the council shall deliver to council members and the chief of staff a list of ordinances received from the county executive that have not been introduced, along with the tracking number of corresponding ECAFs. If an ordinance received from the county executive is not introduced by a council member within thirty days after the proposed ordinance and corresponding ECAF are filed with the clerk of the council, the clerk shall place the matter on the agenda of the next Monday administrative session under special reports. At that session the county officers identified in the ECAF shall be given an opportunity to address the council on the proposed legislation.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011)

2.48.123 Presentation and referral of motions.

(1) Proposed motions may be presented for council consideration by filing the proposed motion with the clerk of the council with an ECAF signed by a county officer, provided that any motion not proposed by a council member must be routed through the county executive’s office pursuant to SCC 2.48.118. Proposed motions shall be presented in their entirety in writing.

(2) Upon the filing of a proposed motion and ECAF, the clerk shall assign the motion a number and place it on the agenda of the next Monday administrative session for referral to a council committee, provided that the chairperson or a majority of the council may direct that it be placed on the agenda of an earlier council meeting. The agenda shall identify the proposed motion by number and title and name the committee or committees to which it will be referred. If a council member objects to a committee referral, the referral shall be made by a majority of the council.

(3) If at a regular council meeting a council member wishes to obtain committee referral of a proposed motion that has not been placed on the agenda, the council member shall file the proposed motion with the clerk along with a signed ECAF. The clerk shall read the title and assign a number to the proposed motion, and the chairperson or council shall refer the motion to one or more council committees.

(4) A proposed motion referred to more than one committee shall be considered by the committees in the order specified in the referral.

(Added by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011)

2.48.124 Committee action on proposed ordinances and motions.

(1) All proposed ordinances and motions shall be referred to a council committee prior to adoption by the council, except emergency ordinances. A proposed ordinance or motion may be referred to the committee of the whole or to an ad hoc committee appointed under SCC 2.48.172 in lieu of a standing committee.

(2) Except for the committee of the whole or an ad hoc committee appointed under SCC 2.48.172, committee recommendations on proposed ordinances and motions shall be filed with the clerk of the council on a standard committee recommendation form approved by the clerk. The committee recommendation form shall include, in addition to other matters required by the clerk or SCC 2.48.170, blanks in which to indicate the number and title of the ordinance or motion and the date of the committee action, and to request that the clerk place the matter on the consent agenda or prepare a motion on scheduling or other administrative matters pursuant to SCC 2.48.110(2). Upon receipt of a committee recommendation, the clerk shall place the ordinance or motion on the agenda of the next Wednesday general legislative session for scheduling a public hearing or other action, unless otherwise requested by the committee chairperson and approved by the chairperson.

(3) Not less than forty-five days after a proposed ordinance or motion is referred to a council committee, two members of the council may by written notice to the chairperson, filed with the clerk of the council, recall the proposed ordinance or motion from committee for consideration by the council, regardless of prior committee action, except that a proposed ordinance or motion may be recalled only once; and further provided that less than forty-five days may have passed if the purpose of the recall is to place the matter before the council for consideration in conjunction with the budget. Upon the filing of such notice the clerk shall place the matter on the next council agenda for scheduling a public hearing on a proposed ordinance or for action on a proposed motion.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended Ord. 07-015, March 21, 2007, Eff date April 7, 2007; Amended by Ord. 08-106, Sept. 3, 2008, Eff date Sept. 15, 2008; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011)

2.48.125 Certain matters exempt.

The following council actions are not subject to SCC 2.48.118, 2.48.122, and 2.48.124, except that the clerk of the council shall assign numbers to resolutions and other council actions as directed by the chief of staff:

(1) Resolutions;

(2) Oral procedural or parliamentary motions;

(3) Oral or written motions relating to quasi-judicial matters;

(4) Oral or written motions relating to organization or administration of the legislative branch, including matters relating to council staff;

(5) Oral or written motions relating to legal services, including instructions to the prosecuting attorney and actions relating to the rules of professional conduct;

(6) Oral or written motions requesting information from other agencies of county government;

(7) Oral or written motions relating to routine administrative matters as determined by the chairperson, which may include acceptance of deeds and other legal instruments on behalf of the county; and

(8) Oral or written motions relating to a matter described in RCW 42.30.140.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002)

2.48.126 Passage of ordinances.

(1) At least thirteen days shall pass between introduction and final passage of every ordinance, except emergency ordinances. The council shall hold at least one public hearing after due notice to consider the proposed ordinance. Any proposed ordinance may be amended by motion at hearing without publication, provided that such amendments shall not change the scope and object of the proposed ordinance. On final passage the vote must be taken by roll call vote of yeas and nays. Following passage, the ordinance shall be signed by the chairperson of the council, or the vice chairperson in the absence of the chairperson.

(2) The clerk of the council shall present every ordinance to the county executive within five working days after adoption by the council. Presentation shall be by personal delivery to the county executive or the executive’s secretary. Within 10 working days after presentation, the county executive shall either sign the ordinance and return it or, except for an emergency ordinance, veto the ordinance and return it to the council with written objections. If an ordinance is not returned to the clerk of the council within 10 working days after its presentation, the ordinance shall be deemed enacted without the county executive’s signature.

(3) If the county executive vetoes an ordinance, the council shall have 30 days from the date of veto to reconsider the ordinance. Upon the request of a council member, the clerk shall place the ordinance on the agenda for reconsideration at a time and date within 30 days from the date of veto as directed by the chairperson. If upon reconsideration the ordinance receives at least four affirmative votes, it shall become law.

(4) Except as otherwise provided by the county charter, all ordinances shall take effect 10 days after they are signed by the county executive or otherwise enacted, or at a later date as stated in the ordinance.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002)

2.48.130 Publication of ordinances.

(1) Upon the scheduling of a public hearing on any ordinance other than an emergency ordinance the clerk shall cause a notice, which shall include the time and place initially set for hearing and a copy of the ordinance or a summary thereof prepared by the clerk and approved by the chairperson, to be published for one issue in the official county newspaper designated pursuant to chapter 36.72 RCW.

(2) Following final passage of any ordinance, the clerk shall cause a notice of enactment, which shall include a copy of the ordinance or summary as provided above, to be published for one issue in the official county newspaper.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002).

2.48.140 Form of ordinances.

Ordinances shall be numbered so as to include the year of introduction and shall be numbered in the order of introduction in any such year. No ordinance shall contain more than one subject which shall be clearly expressed in the title. No previously adopted ordinance shall be amended unless the new ordinance sets forth each amended section or subsection at full length, and no ordinance shall be repealed unless the repealing ordinance includes a reference to the ordinance that is repealed. Ordinances may, by reference, adopt Washington state statutes, or any recognized printed codes or compilations in whole or in part. All ordinances which establish programs requiring funding shall provide for repeal on the date six years following enactment unless reenacted prior to that date.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002).

2.48.150 Emergency ordinances.

Any proposed ordinance may be enacted as an emergency ordinance if the council finds as a fact, and states in the ordinance, that the ordinance is necessary for the immediate preservation of public peace, health or safety or for the support of county government and its existing public institutions. A minimum of four affirmative votes shall be required to enact an emergency ordinance. Emergency ordinances shall not be subject to veto by the county executive. Emergency ordinances shall be effective upon passage by the council.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011).

2.48.160 Resolutions.

The council may pass resolutions to express its opinion concerning any item of business or matter of administration coming within its powers. Resolutions shall not have the force of law, shall not be subject to veto by the county executive, and the council, in passing resolutions, need not comply with procedural requirements for the introduction, consideration, and passage of ordinances.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002).

2.48.165 Motions.

The county council may pass motions to confirm or reject nominations or appointments, to adopt comprehensive plans, to approve interfund loans, to organize and administer the legislative branch, to perform other administrative acts, to issue rulings in quasi-judicial proceedings except rezone actions, and to request information from any other agency of county government. Except as specifically provided in this chapter, motions shall not be subject to veto or the requirements for the introduction, consideration and passage of ordinances.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002)

2.48.170 Council standing committees.

(1) The chairperson shall appoint the members of council standing committees, and for each committee shall designate a committee chairperson. Standing committees are advisory bodies and cannot take final council action within the meaning of RCW 42.30.020(3). Any council member may attend and participate in meetings of standing committees so long as written notice of a special council meeting is given for any special committee meeting attended by three or more council members when council action is taken within the meaning of RCW 42.30.020(3) and written notice of the meeting is required by SCC 2.48.030.

(2) Meetings of standing committees shall be subject to the requirements of SCC 2.48.030 through 2.48.070, to the extent applicable, provided that any regular meeting may be cancelled by the committee chairperson and the committee chairperson or a majority of the committee may call a special meeting. Regular meetings of standing committees shall be held twice monthly in the Henry M. Jackson Board Room, Robert J. Drewel Building, eighth floor, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, Washington, at the times stated in subsection (3) of this section, except that if any regular meeting falls on a holiday such regular meeting shall be held on the next business day unless cancelled by the committee chairperson or a majority of the committee.

(3) The following standing committees and regular meeting times are established:

(a) Finance and economic development - second and fourth Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.;

(b) Law and justice/human services - second and fourth Monday at 1:30 p.m.;

(c) Operations - second and fourth Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.;

(d) Planning and community development - first and third Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.;

(e) Public works - first and third Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

(4) Any recommendation of a council standing committee shall be reduced to writing and signed by the committee chairperson. Written majority or minority reports may be filed by members of the committee. Committee recommendations shall be filed with the clerk of the council pursuant to SCC 2.48.124.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980; Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Ord. 03-007, March 5, 2003, Eff date March 20, 2003; Amended Ord. 07-012, February 21, 2007, Eff date March 9, 2007; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011; Amended by Ord. 12-003, Jan. 23, 2012, Eff date Feb. 3, 2012; Amended by Ord. 13-005, Feb. 27, 2013, Eff date Mar. 14, 2013).

2.48.172 Council ad hoc committees.

(1) The council or council chairperson may appoint ad hoc committees of council members for any proper council purpose, subject to such direction and control as the council may provide. Council action under this section may be taken by motion.

(2) An ad hoc committee appointed under this section may be identified as a committee, subcommittee, panel, or other body as determined by the appointing authority. Ad hoc committees are advisory bodies and cannot take final council action within the meaning of RCW 42.30.020(3). Any council member may attend and participate in meetings of ad hoc committees so long as written notice of a special council meeting is given for any regular or special committee meeting attended by three or more council members when council action is taken within the meaning of RCW 42.30.020(3) and written notice of the meeting is required by SCC 2.48.030.

(3) Meetings of ad hoc committees appointed under this section shall be subject to the requirements of SCC 2.48.030 through 2.48.070, to the extent applicable, provided that the council or committee shall provide a schedule for holding regular meetings, if any. Any regular meeting may be cancelled by the committee chairperson, and the committee chairperson or a majority of the committee may call a special meeting. Unless otherwise specified, regular meetings shall be held in the Henry M. Jackson Board Room, Robert J. Drewel Building, eighth floor, 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, Washington.

(Added Ord. 08-106, Sept. 3, 2008, Eff date Sept. 15, 2008; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 27, 2011)

2.48.175 Lapse and reintroduction of ordinances.

A proposed ordinance that is not passed by the council by the end of the calendar year in which it is introduced lapses if not reintroduced, passed, or defeated by February 1 of the following year. A proposed ordinance is reintroduced upon filing with the clerk of the council with the signature of at least one council member on a reintroduction form approved by the clerk. A proposed ordinance that is reintroduced retains the number originally assigned by the clerk.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002; Amended by Ord. 11-017, May 11, 2011, Eff date May 17, 2011)

2.48.180 Suspension of rules.

The procedures set forth in this chapter may be suspended in specific instances by three affirmative votes unless a higher vote is required by state law or by the county charter or ordinance.

(Added Amended Ord. 02-047, October 16, 2002, Eff date December 1, 2002)

2.48.190 Initiative, mini-initiative, and referendum.

Procedural requirements with respect to initiative, mini-initiative, or referendum as contained in the charter and any ordinances relating thereto shall control over any inconsistent provisions of this chapter.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980).

2.48.200 Severability.

If any provisions of this chapter or its application to any persons or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this chapter and the application of its provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.

(Ord. 80-012 § 2, adopted June 2, 1980).