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Record No: Res 31886    Version: Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body Governance, Equity, and Technology Committee
On agenda: 5/28/2019
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION revising certain General Rules and Procedures of the Seattle City Council; amending Attachment 1 of Resolution 31806, Chapter XI.
Sponsors: Bruce Harrell
Attachments: 1. Att 1 - General Rules and Procedures of the City Council (as amended May 2019) v2, 2. Att 1 Appx A: List of Non-Suspendible Rules, 3. Att 1 - General Rules and Procedures of the City Council (as amended May 2019) v1
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Proposed Amendment 1, 3. Res 31886 Att 1 as Amended
CITY OF SEATTLE
RESOLUTION __________________
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A RESOLUTION revising certain General Rules and Procedures of the Seattle City Council; amending Attachment 1 of Resolution 31806, Chapter XI.
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WHEREAS, by Resolution 31806, the Seattle City Council adopted "General Rules and Procedures of the Seattle City Council" to govern both its internal management and the procedures available to the public, in conformance with the City Charter and the customary practice of legislative bodies; and
WHEREAS, the Council procedures and rules guide and facilitate Councilmember duties and meeting deliberations as well as provide the public with an understanding of Council functions; and
WHEREAS, periodic alterations to the Council's procedures are appropriate to improve the Council's operations and its interactions with the general public; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEATTLE THAT:
Section 1. Attachment 1 of Resolution 31806, Chapter XI, Public Participation and Access, of the "General Rules and Procedures of the Seattle City Council," is amended as follows:
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B. Public Hearings - Purpose; Duties of Chair.
Public Hearings are opportunities for members of the public to speak on a particular proposed Ordinance, Resolution, Clerk File, Appointment, or other legislative action. If a Public Hearing is scheduled for a particular meeting, the agenda for the meeting shall specify the proposed Ordinance, Resolution, Clerk File, other legislative action, or other subject to be discussed at the public hearing.
(See Rule VI.((F))H. Duties of the Chair.)
1. Public hearings may be held as part of a scheduled City Council, select, or standing committee meeting, but the public hearing shall be conducted as a separate agenda item.
2. The Chair of the body conducting the public hearing shall:
a. Announce at the beginning of the public hearing the rules, guidelines, and time limits for individual speakers; and
b. Require all speakers to sign i...

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