CHAPTER 2. ADMINISTRATION.
Article I. City Council.
Sec. 2-1-13. Rules of debate.
(a) Getting the Floor. Every council member desiring to speak shall first
address the chair, gain recognition by the presiding officer, and shall confine
himself to the question under debate, avoiding personalities and indecorous
(b) Questions to Staff. Every council member desiring to question
the city staff shall, after recognition by the presiding officer, address his
questions to the city manager or the city attorney, who shall either answer the
inquiry himself or designate a member of his staff for that
(c) Interruptions. A council member, once recognized, shall not be
interrupted when speaking unless called to order by the presiding officer,
unless a point of order or personal privilege is raised by another council
member, or unless the speaker chooses to yield to a question by another council
member. If a council member, while speaking, is called to order, he or she shall
cease speaking until the question of order is determined and, if determined to
be in order, he or she may proceed. Members of the city staff, after recognition
by the presiding officer, shall hold the floor until completion of their remarks
or until recognition is withdrawn by the presiding officer.
(d) Points of
Order. The presiding officer shall determine all points of order subject to the
right of any council member to appeal to the council. If an appeal is taken, the
question shall be, “Shall the decision of the presiding officer be
sustained?” A majority vote conclusively determines the question of
(e) Point of Personal Privilege. The right of a council member to
address the council on a question of personal privilege is limited to cases in
which his integrity, character or motives are questioned or where the welfare of
the council is concerned. A council member raising a point of personal privilege
may interrupt another council member who has the floor only if the presiding
officer recognizes the privilege.
(f) Privilege of Closing Debate. The
council member moving the adoption of an ordinance, resolution or motion shall
have the privilege of closing debate.
(g) Limitation of Debate. No council
member shall be allowed to speak more than once upon a particular subject until
every other council member desiring to do so has spoken. (Ord. No. 935, § 2
(part); Ord. No. 1317, § 2 (part).)