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BULLET St. Louis City Board of Aldermen Rules

Rules of the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen has been converted to electronic format by the staff of the St. Louis Public Library. This electronic version has been done for the interest and convenience of the user. These are unofficial versions and should be used as unofficial copies.

To obtain official printed copies of the Rules of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen or get answers to questions email David Sweeney at SweeneyD@stlouiscity.com.

RULES OF THE ST. LOUIS BOARD OF ALDERMEN - 2013-2014 SESSION

All legal research pertaining to the City Charter or Revised Code should be conducted with source documents, not the text of these Rules which may have been edited for the purposes of this publication.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. OFFICERS

Rule 1 Titles & Selection

Rule 2 Powers & Duties

1. President
2. Vice President
3. Majority Floor Leader
4. Assistant Majority Floor Leader

II. SESSIONS

Rule 3 Annual Session

Rule 4 Special Sessions

III. MEETINGS

Rule 5 Annual Meeting

1. Convene third Tuesday in April
2. Installation of new members 
3. Installation of the Mayor

Rule 6 Regular and Special Meetings

1. Place and time
2. All meetings to be in City Hall, except

Rule 7 Resumed Meetings

Rule 8 All Meetings Open to the Public, Except

Rule 9 Quorum

Rule 10 Absence From Meetings

Rule 11 Agenda and Calendar to be Posted

Rule 12 Journal of Proceedings

IV. ORDER OF BUSINESS AND PROCEDURES

Rule 13 Regular Order of Business

Rule 14 Exceptions and Unfinished Business

1. Special Order of the Day, if any
2. Unfinished business takes precedence

V. COMMITTEES

Rule 15 Standing Committees

1. Conventions, Tourism, Arts, & Humanities
2. Engrossment, Resolutions, Rules, & Credentials
3. Health & Human Services
4. Housing, Urban Development, & Zoning
5. Intergovernmental Affairs
6. Legislation
7. Neighborhood Development
8. Parks & Environmental Matters
9. Public Employees
10. Public Safety
11. Public Utilities
12. Streets, Traffic & Refuse
13. Transportation & Commerce
14. Ways & Means

Rule 16 Personnel & Administration Committee

1. Members of Committee
2. Duties

Rule 17 Special Committees

1. Appointed by President only after Resolution
2. No power to subpoena unless granted by Resolution

Rule 18 Committee Powers & Limitations

1. Power to hold hearings, subpoena, etc.
2. Power to suggest means to improve area of jurisdiction
3. Shall not assume executive duties
4. Shall not incur any unauthorized expense

Rule 19 Selection of Chairman

1. By Seniority
2. Vacancy, how filled

Rule 20 Selection of Vice-Chairmen

Rule 21 Appointment of Committee Members

Rule 22 Removal of Committee Members; Reappointment Prohibited

Rule 23 Committee Quorum and Voting

Rule 24 Calling Meetings  

Rule 25 Meeting Notices to be Published & Posted

1. Notices to be posted 24 hours prior to meeting
2. Notices of meetings to be mailed to members

Rule 26 All Meetings & Hearings Open to the Public, Except

Rule 27 Public Hearing Procedures

1. Testifying at public hearings
2. Presentation time limit
3. Instructions to be published/posted
4. May hear more than one bill per hearing
5. Names, addresses and written testimony of witnesses kept by the Clerk

VI. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE

Rule 28 Formation and Rules

Rule 29 Prohibited Motions Rule 

30 Amending Motions

VII. DEBATE AND DECORUM

Rule 31 Admission to the Chamber

1. Who is allowed
2. Mayor and the Comptroller have a voice but no vote

Rule 32 Procedure For Recognition

1. Address the Chair
2. President shall determine order
3. Speaking twice on same subject
4. Closing on a motion and debate

Rule 33 Transgression of the Rules; Points of Order

Rule 33A- Appeal of a Decision of the Chair

VIII. MOTIONS

Rule 34 Presenting Motions

Rule 35 Withdrawing Motions  

Rule 36 Amending Motions

1. Only one amendment to an amendment
2. President to state amendment before vote
3. Written form of amendments

Rule 37 Motions During Debate

Rule 37A- Non-Debatable Motions

Rule 38 Motion to Adjourn

Rule 39 Motion to Refer

Rule 40 Motions Laid on the Table

Rule 40A- Majority Required to Adopt Motions

IX. VOTING PROCEDURE

Rule 41 Voting Mandatory

Rule 42 Crossing or Leaving the Chamber Prohibited, When

Rule 43 Private Interest Prohibited, Unless

Rule 44 Division of the Question

Rule 45 Record of Voting

Rule 46 Roll Call Procedures

Rule 47 Right of Member to Explain Vote

Rule 48 Reconsideration

X. BILLS

Rule 49 Ordinances to be Passed by Bills

Rule 50 Adoption of Ordinances

Rule 51 Enacting Style of Ordinances

Rule 52 Ordinances in Aid of State Law

Rule 53 Bills to Contain Single Subject, Except

Rule 54 Bills Which Change Existing Ordinances

1. Must set forth ordinance or section to be amended
2. Must show all intended changes if requested  

Rule 55 Introduction Requirements

1. Introduced by Mayor or member(s)
2. Manner, form and time requirements
3. Printing and advertising costs

Rule 56 Last Day For Introducing Bills

Rule 57 Reference to Committee

Rule 58 Discharge of Bill From Committee

1. Procedure
2. Consideration after discharge

Rule 59 Consideration in Committee

1. Bills to repose in Committee, until
2. Notice of Committee meetings
3. Clerk must provide ordinance or section to be amended

Rule 60 Committee Amendments and Substitutes

Rule 61 Committee Reports

1. All bills to have hearing, except
2. Manner of reports

Rule 62 Second Reading of Bills

1. Report given at Second Reading
2. Then to Perfection Calendar
3. Bills reported DO NOT PASS go to Informal Calendar, until

Rule 63 Principal Sponsor May Defer Action

Rule 64 Perfection

Rule 64.5- Perfection Consent Calendar

Rule 65 Engrossment

1. All bills to Engrossment Committee, when
2. Chairman may act, when
3. Clerk shall provide copies of all bills

Rule 66 Title Revision

Rule 67 No Amendments After Engrossment, Unless

Rule 68 Third Reading, Final Passage and Enrollment

Rule 68.5 - Third Reading, Consent Calendar

Rule 69 Mayor's Approval or Disapproval

Rule 70 Reconsideration of Vetoed Bill

Rule 71 Effective Date of Ordinances

Rule 72 Emergency Measure Defined

Rule 73 Ordinances to be Numbered and Published

Rule 74 Revision of Ordinances

XI. RESOLUTIONS

Rule 75 Introduction Requirements

Rule 75A- Form

Rule 76 First Reading

1. Resolutions to be on Aldermen's desks
2. Formal Reading of Resolutions
3. Effect of Unanimous Consent

Rule 77 Reference to Committee

Rule 78 Second Reading, Committee Reports, and Adoption

Rule 78A- Committee Reports After Investigations

XII. RULES

Rule 79 Annual Adoption; Amendments; Suspension

Rule 80 Parliamentary Procedure

XIII. EMPLOYEES OF THE BOARD

Rule 81 Classification

Rule 82 Minimum Qualifications & Job Descriptions

Rule 83 Hiring Procedures

1. Annual reappointment of employees
2. Filling vacancies
3. Probationary status of new employees

Rule 84 Oath or Affirmation of Employees

Rule 85 Complaint Procedures

Rule 86 Hours

Rule 87 Duties

1. Clerk
2. Assistant Clerk
3. Executive Secretary
4.  Sergeant-At-Arms
5. Counsel to Board of Aldermen

XIV. EMPLOYEES OF THE PRESIDENT

Rule 88 Classification and Hiring Procedures

Rule 89 Duties

XV. MISCELLANEOUS

Rule 90 Solicitation of Members Prohibited

Rule 91 Missouri Sunshine Law

Rule 92 Aldermanic Records

Rule 93 Legal Contingency Fund

1. Establishment
2. Use

Rule 94 Postage

Rule 95 Oath or Affirmation of Witnesses

1. Oath
2. Affirmation

Rule 96 Seniority

1. Members with Same Service
2. Generally

Rule 97 - Smoking Prohibited, Where

Rule 98 - Courtesy Resolutions

APPENDIX

A. Composition

B. Wards

C. Elections

D. Powers

E. Subpoenas

1. Authority of Committees-Service
2. Authority of Committees-Failure to appear - Issuance of writ of attachment - Fine
3. Authority of Committees - Contempt - Warrant - Penalty
4. Authority of Board

F. Fines and Imprisonment

G. Expenditures to be pursuant to ordinance; recommendations required.

H. Limitations on powers of the Board

I. Qualifications of Aldermen

J. Qualifications of the President

K. Resignations

L. Vacancy in Office, Alderman

M. Vacancy in Office, President

N. Compensation of Aldermen

O. Compensation of President

P. Expenses

Q. Required voting majorities

R. Compensation, employment, contract and political limitations on members and employees; penalty

S. Cases

T. Financial disclosure reports; conflict of interest; substantial interest define

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