How a Bill Becomes a Law

Idea

Citizens, City staff or Council members suggest an ordinance that may resolve a problem or address a concern.

Preparation

An ordinance is prepared by the City Attorney, City Clerk, or the department responsible for the ordinance, with legal assistance from the City Attorney.

Introduction

The ordinance is introduced by a Council member and may be sent to one of four Council committees for a recommendation.

First-Reading

The ordinance is read at a Council meeting, and a public hearing is held at that time to get citizen input.

Second-Reading

City Council discusses the ordinance and votes.

Enacted

An ordinance takes effect after it passes by a majority vote on Second Reading.

Enforcement

The responsible department in City government sees that the ordinance is enforced.


photo: mayor, voting board, councilman sitting at dias during meeting city council home

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