Teaching Cleveland

Lesson 12

Handout 4

Rules and Order
of the
COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLEVELAND

  1. The presiding officer shall take the chair at every meeting, at the hour to which the Council shall have adjourned, and shall immediately call the members to order, and on appearance of a quorum, shall cause the journal of the preceding meeting to be read.
  2. He shall preserve order and decorum, and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Council by any two members.
  3. He shall examine and correct the journal before the same is read.
  4. He shall appoint all Committees, unless otherwise directed by the Council, in which case the same shall be chosen by ballot.
  5. He may, three members concurring, send for absent members; and a written order therefore, directed to the marshal, or in his absence, any person who will serve the same, shall authorize the arrest and the bringing of such absent, members to the council chamber.
  6. After the journal is read, the presentation of petitions shall be first in order; the reports of standing committees second in order, the reports of select committees, third in order, after which resolutions may be offered and considered, appointments of officers made, business on the table taken up, as the council shall direct.
  7. Every member present when a question is put, shall vote, unless excused by the council.
  8. Every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the presiding officer, or any member of the council, require it.
  9. When a member is about to speak, he shall rise and address the presiding officer, and no member shall pass before the speaker or interrupt him, except to call to order.
  10. Any member may call for a division of the question, or the presiding officer may direct the same, and the same, in either case, shall be divided, if it comprehends questions so distinct that one being taken away the other will stand an entire question for decision.
  11. The first reading of any bill proposed to be enacted into law or ordinance of the city, shall be for information and the same may be subject to amendment, commitment to a standing committee, postponed,laid on the table, or ordered to be engrossed for its final passage, as the council shall direct; and when the same is ordered to be engrossed the council shall direct the time when the question on its passage shall be taken.
  12. The largest sum and longest time shall be first put, in cases where different sums, or different times, are named by any member.
  13. A motion to reconsider a vote on any question, shall not be in order after one meeting of the council has intervened between the decision and the time of making the motion to reconsider.
  14. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, except when a member is speaking.
  15. Any member of the council may call for the yeas and nays on any question.

    The Cleveland City Directory, 1846

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