How a Bill Becomes a Law
Citizens, City staff or Council members suggest an ordinance that may resolve a problem or address a concern.
An ordinance is prepared by the City Attorney, City Clerk, or the department responsible for the ordinance, with legal assistance from the City Attorney.
The ordinance is introduced by a Council member and may be sent to one of four Council committees for a recommendation.
The ordinance is read at a Council meeting, and a public hearing is held at that time to get citizen input.
City Council discusses the ordinance and votes.
An ordinance takes effect after it passes by a majority vote on Second Reading.
The responsible department in City government sees that the ordinance is enforced.