The City Council,
city manager, city department, citizen or group may request resolutions and
ordinances. Resolutions and ordinances are the tools the City Council uses to
implement policies. Resolutions state the opinion or the feeling of the City
Council and are used to dictate policy to city employees, congratulate an
organization or a person, express sorrow at the death of a respected person or
urge another governmental body to take a desired action. An ordinance
authorizes the spending of city money, sets tax levies or establishes
regulations that govern the actions of City agencies and citizens.
the City Council are read three times, once each week for three weeks. A
reading consists of reciting the number of the resolution or ordinance and a
brief description of its purpose. When a measure is introduced (the first
reading), it is assigned to one of the council committees. These
committees hold weekly public hearings as necessary to receive testimony from
people who support or oppose the resolutions or ordinances. Testimony helps the
committees decide to recommend passage or defeat an issue.
After a committee
reaches a decision on a resolution or ordinance, it is returned to the full
City Council. The following week, the ordinance or resolution is read for the
third time and unless there is some delay, the full City Council then votes on
the measure. Most ordinances and resolutions require only seven votes for
usually goes into effect 10 days after passage. The City Council may declare an
ordinance an emergency measure, in which case it goes into effect immediately.
The City Council
often bypasses the required three readings, which it may do if at least nine members
agree and the ordinance does not make a grant, renew a franchise or regulate a
City Council Legislative Sessions
The City Council
holds legislative sessions every Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Council Chamber on
the 26th floor of City Hall. Prior to the legislative session, the council may
hold a business session to discuss ordinances or resolutions slated for a vote
that day. Business sessions are held every Thursday in the Committee Room on
the 10th floor of City Hall at 1:45 p.m. The public may to attend these
meetings, but public testimony is heard only at committee sessions.
meetings and legislative sessions are aired on the city government channel,
KCCG-TV2. Residents of Kansas City, Mo., who subscribe to Time Warner Cable and
Everest Connections have access to the station’s programming 24 hours a day. Watch
the channel is available online, as
well as its video archives.