City Council's process is handled by six Council committees, consisting of the Finance Committee, Economic and Community Development Committee, Safety Committee, Service Committee, Committee of the Whole and Rules Committee. All legislation is required to be referred out of a Committee to full Council. Ordinances have three separate readings, however this requirement can be waived with a suspension of the rules. Ordinances become effective 30 days after passage unless they are declared an emergency. Resolutions have one reading and become effective 30 days after they are passed.
All proposed Ordinances and Resolutions are submitted to the Clerk of Council for processing. The Clerk is responsible for making sure that all proposed legislation is assigned a number, introduced by a Council Committee, and placed before Council for final action. All legislation receiving final approval is then signed by the Council President, Law Director and the Clerk, and is then forwarded to the Mayor for signature of approval. The Mayor has ten (10) days to act on the legislation. Once the Mayor approves the legislation, it is returned to the Clerk's Office. The Clerk then records the legislation and issues a public notice.