Rules of Order of the Board of Councilmen 1865  Part II


XIX. No act, resolution, or ordinance, sent from the Board of Aldermen, shall be called up for final passage on the same day it is presented to this Board, unless by consent of thirteen members; nor shall it be acted upon on the same day it shall have passed the other Board, unless by unanimous consent, except in case of invasion, insurrection, pestilence, or in such cases as do not conflict with the charter.

XX. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to publish all ordinances and amendments of ordinances which shall be passed, and also the proceedings, in the newspapers employed by the Corporation, except such part as may require secrecy ; and whenever a vote shall be taken upon the passage of a resolution or ordinance which shall contemplate any specific improvements, or invoke the sale, disposition, or appropriation of public property, or the expenditure of public money, or the income therefrom, or lay any tax or assessment, he shall, before the same is sent to the other Board, and immediately after the adjournment, cause the game to be published, with the ayes and nays, with the names of the persons voting for and against the same, in at least two newspapers, as a part of the proceedings, and shall thereafter certify and send to the other Board every act, resolution, and ordinance which has originated and passed this Board, and which require a concurrent vote of the Board of Aldermen, and shall deliver to the Mayor, certified in like manner, all such acts, ordinances, and resolutions which shall have been received from the Board of Aldermen, and concurred in by this Board, and which are required to be submitted to him for his approval ; and shall certify to the other Board the proceedings of this Board, in reference to all acts or business originating in the other Board.

XXI. It shall also be the duty of the Clerk to make and keep a list of all messages, acts, resolutions, ordinances, and reports, not finally or specially disposed of, in order of priority, which list shall be the " General Orders."

XXII. Every member, who shall be present when a question is put, shall vote thereon, unless the Board shall excuse him, or unless he be immediately interested in the question, in which case he shall not vote. But no member, on taking of the ayes and nays, shall be permitted to vote, unless present when his name is called, In regular order, except by consent of a majority of the members present.

XXIII. Any member who shall have voted with the majority may move for a reconsideration, provided he do so at the time of the next meeting, and while the act resolution or ordinance is in possession of the Board each motion, having been once put and lost, shall not be renewed, except by the consent of thirteen members.

XXIV. Every member, previous to speaking, shall rise in his place, and address the President.

XXV. When two or more members rise at the same time, the President shall name the member who is first to speak.

XXVI. No person shall speak more than twice to the same question without leave of the Board, nor more than once until every member, choosing to speak, shall have spoken.

XXVII A member called to order shall immediately sit down, unless permitted to explain ; and the Board, if appealed to, shall at once decide on the case without debate. If there be no appeal, the decision of the Chair shall be submitted to.

XXVIII. The previous question shall be admitted only when demanded by a majority of the members present ; and, until decided, shall preclude all amendment or debate, and must be put in this form : " Shall the main question be now put?"

XXIX. When the previous question shall have been ordered, and there shall be amendments pending, the question shall first be taken upon such amendments, in their order, and then upon the main question, without further debate or amendment.

XXX. On taking a vote by ayes and nays, in the cases required by law, as well as when required by three members, the names of those who vote for and those who vote against the question shall be so entered on the Minutes; and when  taken, on the call of a member, the name of such member, and the fact, shall also be entered on the Minutes.

XXXI. The following officers shall be elected by ballot, viz. : President. Clerk, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Door-keeper.

XXXII. All Committees shall be appointed by the President, unless otherwise ordered by the Board.

XXXIII. The STANDING COMMITTEES shall be us follows :

1. Almshouse Department.
2. Arts and Sciences.
3. Assessments.
4. Belgian Pavement.
5. Cleaning Streets.
6. Crotón Aqueduct Department.
7. Donations and Charities.
8. Ferries.
9. Finance.
10. Fire Department.
11. Lamps and Gas.
12. Lands and Places.
13. Law Department.
14. Markets.
15. National Affairs.
16. Ordinances.
17. Police Department.
18. Printing and Advertising.
19. Public Health.
20. Public Buildings.
21. Railroads.
22. Repairs and Supplies.
23. Roads.
24. Salaries and Offices.
25. Sewers
26. Streets.
27. Street Openings.
28. Taxes.
29. Wharves, Piers, and Slips.
30. Joint Committee on Accounts.

Each of which shall consist of three members, except the Committees on Railroads, Repairs and Supplies, and National Affairs, which shall consist of five members each.

XXXIV The President shall be, ex officia, a member of a11 Committees ; but a majority of the other members shall be sufficient to agree upon a report.

XXXV. Committees shall inquire into the matters referred to them, and report, in writing, the facts in relation thereto, with their opinions thereon ; and attach to such report all resolutions, petitions, remonstrances, and other papers relating to the matters referred ; but no report shall be made without consent first had, unless signed by a majority of the Committee ; nor shall any matter reported on be taken up, for final action, the same day on which it is reported, unless by consent of thirteen members. No report shall be printed, unless by the express direction of the Board, specifying the number of copies to be printed.

XXXVI. No member shall absent himself without permission of the President; nor, on adjournment, leave his place until the President leaves the Chair.

XXXVII. Whenever the doors are directed to be closed, all persons, excepting the members and the Clerk, shall retire.

XXXVIII. No person shall be permitted on the floor of the Council, unless in the discharge of official duty, or by special invitation of a member, except the Mayor, Aldermen, members of the Boards of Supervisors and Education, and such persons as have been members of the Common Council, Heads of Departments, or officers of the State Government, and reporters of the press. The privilege of admission, under any invitation, shall not extend beyond the day on which it is given ; and it is the duty of the Sergeant-at-Arms and the Door-keeper rigidly to enforce this rule.

XXXIX. The regular sessions of the Board shall be held on Mondays and Thursdays of each week, commencing at five o'clock, P.M.; but the Board may, by a majority of five members present, adjourn for a shorter or longer time.

XL. No standing rule or order of this Board shall be changed or rescinded, without one day's previous notice being given of the motion therefore. But any rule or order may be suspended, for a special purpose, by a vote of thirteen members.

                                                                                                                                           JAMES HAYES, President.
                                                                                                                                                   Jas. M. Sweeny, Clerk.

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Article Name: Rules of Order of the Board of Councilmen 1865 Part II
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BIBLIOGRAPHY: Valentine's Manual 1865
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