Rules of Order of the Board of Councilmen 1865  Part I


I. Upon the appearance of thirteen members, the Board shall be called to order by the President, or, if he be absent, by the Clerk, and a President pro tern, appointed by the Board, for that meeting, or until the President appear.

II. After reading and approving the Minutes, the order of business, which shall not be departed from, except by the consent of thirteen members, shall be as follows :

1. Presentation of Petitions.
2. Motions and Resolutions, for which the Senatorial Districts shall be called in numerical order.
3. Reports of Committees.
4. Motions to take up and consider—
1. Resolutions.
2. Reports of previous meetings.
5. Communications and reports from the Departments.
6. Special Orders of the day.
7. General Orders.
8. Messages from the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen may be received at any time.
9. Unfinished business may be resumed at any time, under the same order upon which it was taken.

III. Every petition, remonstrance, and other paper presented to the Board, shall be presented by a member in his place; and, before presenting the same, the person presenting shall indorse thereon the substance thereof, and sign his name thereto.

IV. No motion or resolution shall be debated or put, unless it be seconded, nor until it be stated by the President ; and every such motion shall be reduced to writing, if any member desire it.

V. When the Board shall be equally divided, including the vote of the President, the question shall be lost.

VI. A motion or resolution may be withdrawn at any time, before action be had on it, by consent of the Board.

VII. All questions relating to the priority of business shall be decided by the President, without debate.

VIII. The President shall preserve order and decorum, and decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Board.

IX. Whenever the President shall wish to leave the Chair, he may substitute a member in his place ; but such substitution shall not continue beyond the day on which it is made.

X. The President, or, in his absence, the Clerk, shall call special meetings of the Board, whenever the interests of the city may require it. at the written request of thirteen members, notice in writing to be sent to each member.

XI. In forming a Committee of the Whole, the President shall leave the Chair, and appoint a chairman to preside. The rules of the Board shall be observed in such Committee, except the rule respecting the ayes and nays, the times of speaking, and the previous question, and a motion to
pass over shall be decided without debate.

XII. On motion, in Committee, to rise and report, the question shall be decided without debate.

XIII. After the report of the Committee, such amendments only shall be in order as were offered and acted on in Committee .

XIV. When the question in debate contains several distinct propositions, any member may have the same divided.

XV. All questions shall be put in the order they are moved, except those of privilege. When blanks are under consideration as to time and amounts, the longest time and the largest amount shall be put first.

XVI. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be entertained, unless,
1. To adjourn.
2. To lay on the table.
3. For the previous question.
4. To postpone for a certain day.
5. To refer.
6. To postpone indefinitely.
7. To amend.
Which motions shall have precedence in the order in which they stand. A call of the Board may be ordered at any time.

XVII. When a resolution shall be offered, or a motion made to refer any subject, and different Committees shall be proposed, the question shall be taken in the following order :
1. A Standing Committee.
2. A Select Committee.
3. A Committee of the Whole.

XVIII. A motion to refer, or lay on the table, until it is decided, shall preclude all amendment or debate of the main question.

A motion to postpone, until it is decided, shall preclude all amendment of the main question.

A motion to adjourn shall always be in order ; and that and a motion for a call of the Board shall be decided without debate ; but no motion whatever, except to permit a member to explain his vote, shall be entertained by the Chair after the ayes and nays shall have been ordered, until the result of the vote shall have been announced by the Chair.


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Article Name: Rules of Order of the Board of Councilmen 1865 Part I
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


BIBLIOGRAPHY: Valentine's Manual 1865
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