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Go to 1:14:50, please.
I’m not sure what the hell C.Kennedy thinks he is doing? Does he fancy himself an extraordinary Parlimentarian? Or, is he just being a gremlin, determined to muck up the proceedings?
- The vote was on C. Lorrey’s original motion. C.Mercier called for a Roll Call vote. She even clarifies it prior to the vote, then seeks to suspend the rules after.
- When C.Kennedy calls for a Point of Order, the Chair tells him the vote was on the original motion. Undeterred, Kennedy snorts back that he seconded Mercier’s amendment.
That did not happen! As soon as Mercier stops stumbling through her suggested amendment, C.Lorrey objected, then he proceeded to explain why he worded his motion in the way that he did. At no point did the Chair recognize a second to Mercier’s motion.
Yet, in the heat of the moment, C.Kennedy railroads the Council into accepting his version of reality.
The Council moved on in the agenda, but C. Mendonca pulled it back, seeking to change his vote to “Nay” because he didn’t want to approve of something he didn’t know the cost of. C.Elliott jumps back in to quibble with the CM. At 1:23:30, C. Kennedy calls another Point of Order, playing ad hoc Chair from the floor.
Councilor Kennedy needs to be checked, put in his place. He is pushing the envelope with his attempts to Chair the meetings from the floor. This is the second time, recently, that an angry vote was taken and the Council was confused as to what they just did. The vote on C.Elliott’s motion to tie the CM’s hands on revenue was a mess, as well. The Mayor and the Clerk need to get a handle on this, ASAP.
Here are some reference’s for the less slick:
GAINING THE FLOOR
Every Councillor, when about to speak, shall respectfully address the chair, and wait till he or she is recognized.
RULES OF DEBATE
Upon all debatable matters, no councillor may speak more than twice or more than five minutes at any one time, however, this shall not apply to the questioning of the City Manager, Department Heads or to persons appearing before the City Council.
Nothing in Rule 17 shall prevent any councillor at any time, from interrupting another for the purpose of a motion of personal privilege, or points of order.
DISCIPLINE OF MEMBERS
Any member of the City Council who refuses to maintain order and decorum as provided by these rules, or otherwise, at a meeting of the City Council, conducts himself or herself in a manner unbecoming a member of the City Council, shall be subject to such discipline, including the exaction of an apology or expulsion from the City Council Chamber for the balance of the meeting, as the majority of those present shall deem just and proper.
MOTIONS AND THEIR WITHDRAWALS
All motions or other proposals shall be duly seconded.
A motion may be withdrawn by its maker before it has been stated by the chair.
A motion, which has been stated by the chair, may be withdrawn provided no one objects.
If there is objection to the withdrawal of a question, any Councillor may move to grant withdrawal.
Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief.
How do you deal with a “friendly amendment”?
On occasion, while a motion is being debated, someone will get up and offer what he or she terms a “friendly amendment” to the motion, the maker of the original motion will “accept” the amendment, and the chair will treat the motion as amended. This is wrong. Once a motion has been stated by the chair, it is no longer the property of the mover, but of the assembly. Any amendment, “friendly” or otherwise, must be adopted by the full body, either by a vote or by unanimous consent.
If it appears to the chair that an amendment (or any other motion) is uncontroversial, it is proper for the chair to ask if there is “any objection” to adopting the amendment. If no objection is made, the chair may declare the amendment adopted. If even one member objects, however, the amendment is subject to debate and vote like any other, regardless of whether its proposer calls it “friendly” and regardless of whether the maker of the original motion endorses its adoption.
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