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Rule 15 - Standing Committees
The Standing Committees of the Board of Aldermen shall be:
Conventions, Tourism, Arts & Humanities
Engrossment, Resolutions, Rules & Credentials
Housing, Urban Development & Zoning
Health & Human Services
Parks & Environmental Matters
Streets, Traffic & Refuse
Transportation & Commerce
Ways & Means
1. The Conventions, Tourism, Arts & Humanities Committee shall consider all matters pertaining to Kiel Auditorium, the A.J. Cervantes Convention Center, the Regional Cultural and Performing Arts Development Commission, the Convention and Tourism Fund, the St. Louis Regional Convention and Visitors Commission, the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority and other related matters.
2. The Engrossment, Resolutions, Rules & Credentials Committee shall see that all bills are properly engrossed. (See City Charter, Art. IV, Sec.15) It shall also examine all enrolled bills, carefully compare the same with bills as engrossed, correcting any errors, and report the same with the words ``truly enrolled'' endorsed thereon.
Additionally the Committee shall examine all resolutions referred to it, as to their form, language and substance and to thereafter report thereon; examine the certificates of election of newly elected Aldermen and report to the Board on the validity of said certification (See City Charter, Art. IV, Sec. 7); and on any other matters touching the qualifications of Aldermen; be responsible for an annual review of the Rules of the Board and make recommendations for amendments; and see to the proper enforcement of the Rules adopted by the Board.
3. The Health & Human Services Committee shall consider all matters pertaining to the Department of Health & Hospitals and the Department of Welfare, or any division thereof, and all matters pertaining to health and hospitals, human resources and the Office on Aging.
4. The Housing, Urban Development & Zoning Committee shall consider all matters pertaining to housing, urban development and zoning, including all matters pertaining to the Community Development Agency and Commission, the St. Louis Development Corporation, and the appropriation and disbursement of all federal monies administered by said agencies.
5. The Intergovernmental Affairs Committee is authorized to establish and maintain relationships with all federal, state and local governmental agencies, and to evaluate and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of all programs initiated through the legislative authority of the Board of Aldermen and/or other matters of legislative concern to the City.
6. The Legislation Committee shall consider all proposed legislation affecting the city in its municipal character and from time to time recommend such changes in or amendments to the law as may tend to secure a better administration of the affairs of the City. It shall further consider all matters relating to elections and registrations; all matters concerning the revision of ordinances; also, it shall consider all personnel matters pertaining to the Law Department, City Courts, Register, and the duties of the City Marshall; also it shall consider the amount and sufficiency of all city bonds and matters pertaining to license taxes.
7. The Neighborhood Development Committee shall consider blighting and redevelopment plan bills provided that such bills pertain only to vacant scattered site residential or neighborhood commercial buildings in a blighted area or proposed blighted area where no relocation will be necessary to complete the proposed redevelopment.
8. The Parks & Environmental Matters Committee shall
consider all matters pertaining to parks, recreation and forestry, as well as,
all matters concerning environmental or ecological concerns within the City,
but not limited to abatement of air, noise, and water pollution and problems affecting the preservation of open space.
9. The Public Employees Committee shall consider all matters pertaining to City employment, its terms, conditions, bargaining representatives, if any, as well as the rules, regulations and operations of the Civil Service Commission.
10. The Public Safety Committee shall consider all matters pertaining to the Department of Public Safety, the Police Department, corrections, excise laws and regulations, the Fire Department, the Division of Building and Inspections, and the City Emergency Management Agency (CEMA).
11. The Public Utilities Committee shall consider all matters pertaining to the maintenance, equipment, operation, service and assessment of rates and charges of public utilities, whether owned by the City or operating under franchise, licenses or permits from the City by persons or corporations.
12. The Streets, Traffic & Refuse Committee shall consider all totally municipal matters pertaining to streets, alleys, sidewalks, traffic and signage, parking, and refuse.
13. The Transportation & Commerce Committee shall consider all matters pertaining to the transportation and commerce industries, including, but not limited to: airports, railroads, wharves, ports, bridges, inter-city/state trucking, state and federal highways, public and/or mass transit.
14. The Ways & Means Committee shall consider all matters pertaining to the assessment of property revenues, public debt and interest thereon; also the appropriation and disbursement of public monies except those administered by the Community Development Agency or the St. Louis Development Corporation; also the economy, order and accountability in the city's fiscal affairs and the workings of departments and functions of city government dealing with financial matters.
Rule 16 - Personnel & Administration Committee
1. The Personnel & Administration Committee shall consist of the President, who shall be the Chairman, the Vice- President, the Majority Floor Leader, the Assistant Majority Floor Leader and other Aldermen appointed by the President.
2. The Personnel & Administration Committee shall consider all matters
pertaining to the Employees of the Board, the various offices of the Board, the Aldermanic budget, all Aldermanic expenses and disbursements, and all other related matters, and shall, consistent with these Rules, establish operating policies for the office
staff, to be executed and supervised by the Clerk.
Rule 17 - Special Committees
1. A Special Committee shall be appointed by the President only when requested by a Resolution adopted by the Board. Any Resolution addressed to the establishment of a Special Committee must state the time period in which it shall conclude its assigned task, provided that no such time period shall extend past the end of the current annual session of the Board.
2. Special Committees shall not have the power to subpoena witnesses and order the production of books and papers unless expressly granted such power by Resolution.
Rule 18 - Committee Powers & Limitations
1. Pursuant to Article IV, Section 8 and Article XXV, Section 10 of the City Charter and Sections 3.06.130 to 3.06.160 of the Revised Code of the City of St. Louis 1980, Annotated, all Standing Committees and the Personnel & Administration Committee shall hereby have the power to hold hearings, subpoena witnesses and order the production of books and papers relating to any subject within its jurisdiction. (See Appendix E)
2. Standing Committees shall also suggest such means as will improve the usefulness and enlarge the advantages of any activities or conditions related to the subject matter of said Committee.
3. No Committee or member thereof shall have the right to assume or perform any executive duties, either in the execution of ordinances, in the settlement of claims or in any other manner. (Rev. Code, Sec. 3.06.110)
4. No Committee shall employ a clerk or other assistant or incur other expense without having been authorized to do so by an affirmative vote of the majority of all the members of the Board.
Rule 19 - Selection of Chairmen
1. Chairmen of Standing Committees shall be determined on the basis of continuous seniority of Aldermen of the majority party on the third Tuesday of April in each year, or as soon thereafter as possible. The Alderman of the majority party with the greatest seniority shall choose the Committee he or she wishes to chair. The Alderman of the majority party with the next greatest seniority shall follow. This procedure shall continue until all chairs are chosen.
2. In the event of a vacancy, the new Chairman shall be selected in accordance with the following procedure. Members eligible for Committee chairs but with less seniority than the vacating chairman shall be offered the vacant chair. The member with the greatest seniority shall receive the chair and shall vacate any other chair such member holds, if any.
Rule 20 - Selection of Vice-Chairmen
The Chairman of each Standing Committee shall within two weeks after the completion of Committee assignments appoint a Vice-Chairman of the said Committee, who shall be a member of the same political party as the Chairman and who shall act as Chairman in the absence or disability of the Chairman. Said appointments shall be filed in writing with the Clerk. In the event that no Vice-Chairman is named, the Committee member of the majority party having the greatest continuous seniority shall serve as Vice-Chairman.
Rule 21 - Appointment of Committee Members
The President shall, immediately after the organization of the Board of Aldermen on the third Tuesday of April in each year, or as soon thereafter as possible, appoint the Standing Committees which shall consider all bills and other matters referred to them, examine them, and report their findings to the Board of Aldermen.
Rule 22 - Removal of Committee Members; Reappointment Prohibited
Attendance at all Committee meetings and hearings shall be mandatory and permanently recorded by the Committee Chairman who shall be empowered to excuse the absence of any non-attending member. Any member having three consecutive unexcused absences from Committee meetings or hearings may be removed by the Chairman by written notice to the President; and any such removed member shall not be reappointed to the same Committee during the same annual session of the Board.
Rule 23 - Committee Quorum and Voting
A majority of the Committee membership shall constitute a quorum. The President of the Board when attending a Committee meeting shall be counted to achieve a quorum, but his/her presence does not change the number needed to form the quorum. A quorum of a Committee may transact business and a majority of the quorum, even though it be a minority of the whole Committee may authorize action for the Committee. An Alderman must be present when a question is called to cast a vote in Committee.
Rule 24 - Calling Meetings
A Committee shall meet on the call of its Chairman or in the event of his/her absence, illness or disability, then on the call of the Vice-Chairman; or upon petition of a majority of the members of the Committee in writing to the Chairman requesting a meeting or hearing of the Committee. A copy of any such petition shall be forwarded to the Clerk.
Rule 25 - Meeting Notices to be Published and Posted
1. An announcement of the date, place and time of any hearing or meeting held by any Committee of the Board of Aldermen and whether the hearing or meeting is open or closed to the public, shall be published as required by law. The same shall be posted at least 24 hours prior to said hearing or meeting on the bulletin board of the Board of Aldermen and shall contain a brief description of the contents of each bill to be heard in the Committee meeting as called. Bills not posted to be considered at a regularly scheduled meeting of a Committee shall not be considered at said meeting. (See Sections 610.010 to 610.030, RSMo)
2. The Clerk shall cause to be electronically mailed to each Alderman a composite notice of all meetings of all Committees that have been called to meet in the forthcoming week. Said composite notice shall contain the date, place and time of such meeting, together with the bill number and sponsors of the bills that are scheduled to be considered by each Committee. Additionally the composite notice shall contain a brief description of each bill to be considered by each Committee and shall, as nearly as possible, conform to the posted notice of hearings posted on the bulletin board of the Board of Aldermen as called for in this Rule. The Clerk shall also cause to be posted on the bulletin board of the Board of Aldermen and on the official Board of Aldermen website each Friday a composite notice of all meetings of all Committees that have been called to meet in the forthcoming week in the same form as the notice required to be electronically mailed to each Alderman.
Rule 26 - All Meetings and Hearings Open to the Public, Except
Any member of the Board of Aldermen and the public may attend
any meeting or
hearing of any Committee of the Board of Aldermen. No Committee meeting or hearing shall be closed to the public except as allowed by law. Any member of the Board of Aldermen may examine any document or examine any witness at a Committee meeting or hearing with the approval of the Committee Chairman or a majority of the Committee members present at the meeting or hearing. (See Sections 610.010 to 610.030, RSMo and Rule 8)
Rule 27 - Public Hearing Procedures
1. After the presentation of a bill at any public hearing, the proponents and the opponents shall be heard alternately. All persons who wish to testify at a public hearing shall sign a list which shall be made available by the Chairman of the Committee at least one-half hour before the announced time of the hearing.
2. The initial presentation of any witness shall be no longer than five minutes except with the permission of the Committee Chairman, but any witness may respond to questions by members of the Committee for an additional period of time to be determined by the Committee Chairman; and any witness may submit written testimony to the Committee at any time prior to the conclusion of the hearing on the bill.
3. The above two paragraphs shall be included in any announcement of a public hearing required by law to be published or posted. Further, the above two paragraphs shall be read by the Committee Chairman at the beginning of any public hearing. It is not necessary that the above two paragraphs be printed in the notice to the members of the Committee.
4. A Committee may hear testimony on more than one bill at any particular hearing.
5. A list of names and addresses of all persons who testify at a public hearing in support of or in opposition to any bill and a copy of each written testimony submission shall be kept by the Clerk as a public record and shall be available to the members of the Committee and the members of the Board of Aldermen when they consider said bill.
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