|St. Louis City Board of Aldermen Rules
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1. During a meeting of the Board of Aldermen only the Mayor or his/her designee; the Comptroller or his/her designee; members of the Board of Aldermen; employees of the Board of Aldermen and the President shall be admitted to the floor of the Chamber. Honored guests, and representatives of the Press with proper professional identification shall be admitted to the floor of the Chamber, to be situated at places designated by the President. It shall be the duty of the Sergeant-at-Arms and other staff members to see that all other persons are excluded, and directed to the Gallery.
2. The Mayor and the Comptroller shall each have a seat and a voice but no vote in the Board of Aldermen. (City Charter, Art. VII, Sec. 1 and Art. XV, Sec. 2)
Rule 32 Procedure for Recognition
Rule 33 Transgression of the Rules; Points of Order
1. Before speaking, members (as well as the Mayor and Comptroller) shall rise from their seats and address the Chair as ``Mister or Madame President,'' and wait to be recognized before speaking.
2. Should two or more persons address the Chair simultaneously, the person recognized by the President shall be entitled to the floor.
3. No person shall be recognized to speak twice upon the same subject until every other person shall have had an opportunity to be heard.
4. No other person shall be recognized to speak on a motion after the President recognizes the proposer to close on such motion.
When an appeal of a decision of the Chair is seconded, the question shall be put in this form, ``Shall the decision of the Chair stand as the opinion of the Board of Aldermen?'' and unless a majority of the members present vote in the negative the decision of the Chair shall be considered as sustained.
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