Sec. 2-22. Procedure for the introduction and passage of ordinances and resolutions.
(a) Ordinances, resolutions and other matters or subjects requiring action by the council may be introduced and sponsored by any member of the council and by no other person; provided, that the city administrator or the city attorney may present ordinances, resolutions and other matters or subjects to the council, and any councilman may assume sponsorship thereof by introducing the same and moving its adoption; otherwise, such matters shall not be considered by the council.
(b) Upon its introduction, each ordinance shall be put upon its first reading, whereupon the presiding officer shall first open it up for discussion from the public and thereafter for discussion by the council. After terminating the discussion as provided herein, the ordinance may be:
(1) Amended by appropriate motion, second and majority vote of the council; and/or
(2) Advanced to second reading by appropriate motion, second and majority vote of the council; or
(3) Passed on all three (3) readings by an appropriate motion suspending the statutory rules requiring three (3) readings, second and a three-fourths vote of the council.
(c) Any ordinance which shall have had its first reading shall be taken up by the city council at its next regular meeting and shall be read the second time, whereupon the presiding officer, after its introduction on second reading, shall open it up for discussion first from the public and then by the city council. After terminating the discussion on second reading as provided herein, the ordinance may be:
(1) Amended by appropriate motion, second and majority vote of the city council and referred to the city attorney pursuant to subsection (e) below; and/or
(2) Passed on second reading and advanced to third reading by majority vote of the city council; or
(3) Passed on second reading, and by appropriate motion, second, and a three-fourths vote of the city council, suspend the rules and pass the same on third reading.
(d) Any ordinance which shall have had its first and second readings shall be taken up by the city council at its next regular meeting and shall be read for a third time, whereupon the presiding officer shall call for the introduction of the ordinance and without further discussion or debate from the public or the city council, the city council shall vote on the same.
(e) If any ordinance shall have been amended upon its second reading or on prior consideration thereof by the council, it shall be referred to the city attorney for approval as to form as amended before it comes on for third reading; and if the amendment shall constitute a change in substance, the ordinance, as amended, shall be filed in the office of the city clerk for at least one additional week, and opportunity afforded for a further public hearing, after which third reading of the ordinance may be had.
(f) No ordinance except those making appropriations and those codifying and rearranging existing ordinances, shall relate to more than one subject, which shall be clearly expressed in the title thereof; and no ordinance or section thereof or section of the revised ordinances of the city shall be amended or repealed unless the amending ordinance refers to the ordinance, section thereof or section of the revised ordinances by number sufficient to identify the items to be repealed or amended.
(g) All ordinances to be adopted must be advanced and passed on all three (3) readings, except in the case where by appropriate motion, second and a three-fourths vote of the council the statutory rules requiring three (3) readings are suspended. If an ordinance is not advanced to either second or third reading, a motion to kill or to table the ordinance would be in order, and after an appropriate motion thereto, second and majority vote of the council, the ordinance would be deemed tor have died or have been tabled.
(h) Any resolution may be passed at the meeting at which it is introduced.
(i) All ordinances and resolutions shall be deemed to have died on the table when they shall have been tabled or referred to any committee of the city council or to the administration, and no formal action shall have been taken upon such ordinance or resolution prior to the next succeeding formal organizational meeting of the city council as provided in section 2-17.1.5 of this Code. The city clerk shall expunge from the records all such ordinances and resolutions not acted upon prior to the time of the formal organizational meeting of the city council as set forth above.
Source: Ord. No. 2992, § 22, 6-1-81; Ord. No. 3782, §§ 5--7, 2-19-91