Amendment In the Works
October 22nd, 2008
According to the Daily Politics, council members Gale Brewer, David Yassky and Alan Gerson will introduce an amendment on the floor tomorrow that would prohibit the mayor’s term limit bill — if approved — from taking effect until a term limit extension was also approved via referendum.
The three are supposed to hold a press conference about it in t-minus 15 minutes.
Rarely are amendments introduced during a stated meeting, and since neither Yassky, Brewer or Gerson are members of the Governmental Operations Committee one would presume that’s where they plan to do it.
According to the City Council’s rules, any member can propose an amendment on the floor of the chamber. He or she would have two minutes to make his or her case. If it’s approved, then the legislation would have to be laid over for the next full council meeting.
The full rule is after the jump.
9.40. Motion to Amend to be in Writing Ė a. At a Stated Meeting, any Member may offer an amendment to legislation that is being considered for a vote on the General Orders Calendar. Before any motion to amend a proposed local law or resolution is debated, it shall be reduced to writing, delivered to the Legislative Document Unit and read. After the reading, the Member shall have up to two minutes to explain the amendment. Members wishing to participate in the debate shall also be entitled to up to two minutes. At the conclusion of debate, the proposed amendment shall be voted on and if approved, shall be added to the original legislation which would be laid over for a vote at a later Stated Meeting. If more than one amendment is made, they shall be considered in the order made. If the amendment is voted down, the original legislation shall then be voted on.
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