City of Higginsville, MO
Lafayette County
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[R.O. 2009 §110.260; CC 1976 §2-141; R.O. 1954 §37]
The meetings of the Board of Aldermen shall be conducted and governed by the following rules; provided however, that all cases or questions not fully covered by the following rules shall be decided in accordance with the principles of parliamentary law as modified by usage of American deliberative bodies.
[R.O. 2009 §110.270; CC 1976 §2-142; R.O. 1954 §37]
These rules may be temporarily suspended by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present, except as otherwise provided by law.
[R.O. 2009 §110.280; CC 1976 §2-143; R.O. 1954 §37]
The Presiding Officer shall preserve order and decorum, and shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Board.
[R.O. 2009 §110.290; CC 1976 §2-144; R.O. 1954 §37; Ord. No. 1382, 6-20-1988]
Every member, previous to his/her speaking upon any subject, may request acknowledgment from the Presiding Officer.
[R.O. 2009 §110.300; CC 1976 §2-145; R.O. 1954 §37]
When two (2) or more members request acknowledgment at once the Presiding Officer shall name the member who is to speak first.
[R.O. 2009 §110.310; CC 1976 §2-147; R.O. 1954 §37]
A member when called to order shall immediately take his/her seat, unless permitted to explain.
[R.O. 2009 §110.320; CC 1976 §2-148; R.O. 1954 §37]
The decision of the Presiding Officer on all points of order shall be conclusive, unless there is an appeal to the Board, in which case the Board shall decide the point of order without debate.
[R.O. 2009 §110.330; CC 1976 §2-149; R.O. 1954 §37]
All Aldermen present shall vote on every question stated by the Presiding Officer unless a conflict of interest can be demonstrated.
[R.O. 2009 §110.340; CC 1976 §2-150; R.O. 1954 §37]
No motion shall be stated by the Presiding Officer unless it is seconded; when a motion is seconded, it shall be stated by the Presiding Officer before debate.
[R.O. 2009 §110.350; CC 1976 §2-151; R.O. 1954 §37]
If a question in debate contains several distinct propositions, any member may have the same divided.
[R.O. 2009 §110.360; CC 1976 §2-152; R.O. 1954 §37]
When a motion is under debate, no motion shall be received, unless for the previous question, to postpone it indefinitely, to adjourn to a certain day, to lay it on the table, to amend it, or to adjourn the Board.
[R.O. 2009 §110.370; CC 1976 §2-153; R.O. 1954 §37]
A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, except when a member is speaking or a vote is being taken, or when a motion to adjourn is the last preceding motion.
[R.O. 2009 §110.380; CC 1976 §2-154; R.O. 1954 §37]
When any two (2) members shall require it, the "ayes" and "nays" on any question shall be entered on the minutes.
[R.O. 2009 §110.390; CC 1976 §2-155; R.O. 1954 §37; Ord. No. 446 §2, 7-31-1968; Ord. No. 1382, 6-20-1988]
All reports of officers and committees and all new or revised ordinances shall be presented to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen for review and study not less than two (2) days (forty-eight (48) hours) prior to the meeting at which they are to be considered. Information concerning revision and recommendations for passage or non-approval shall be included in the report. Any provision of this Section may be suspended by a majority vote of the Board of Aldermen.
[R.O. 2009 §110.400; CC 1976 §2-156; R.O. 1954 §37]
No member of the Board of Aldermen shall be permitted to vote on any bill appropriating money, or approving a contract, in which said member is directly or indirectly pecuniarily interested.