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File #: 50052    Version: 1 Name: Common Council consideration of overriding a Mayoral veto clarification
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/5/2018 In control: COMMON COUNCIL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
On agenda: 2/27/2018 Final action: 2/27/2018
Enactment date: 3/10/2018 Enactment #: ORD-18-00027
Title: Amending Sections 2.21(2) and 3.03(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to clarify that Common Council consideration of overriding a Mayoral veto must be acted upon at the meeting it is initially presented and shall not be referred.
Sponsors: Mark Clear
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
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Amending Sections 2.21(2) and 3.03(2) of the Madison General Ordinances to clarify that Common Council consideration of overriding a Mayoral veto must be acted upon at the meeting it is initially presented and shall not be referred.
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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: It is not clear whether the Common Council’s consideration of overriding a Mayoral veto is subject to referral or reconsideration. See the analysis in the City Attorney’s Formal Opinion 2015-001. Following that Opinion, the Council clarified the rules regarding reconsideration of a vote on overriding a veto by adopting Section 2.21(2), MGO, in 2015.

This ordinance provides further clarity with respect to referral of consideration of a veto override, and provides that referral is not allowed. The Council must take initial action at the meeting at which the veto is presented to it pursuant to Sec. 3.03(2), MGO.

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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:

1. Subsection (2) of Section 2.21 entitled “Reconsideration of Question” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended to read as follows:

“(2) A vote by the Common Council on overriding a mayoral veto (whether the vote failed or succeeded) is subject to a motion for reconsideration. Any such motion for reconsideration must be made and acted upon no later than the next regular meeting of the Council or it is out of order. Any such motion for reconsideration may not be referred to any committee or to a subsequent meeting of the Council. The Council’s initial consideration of overriding a mayoral veto is not subject to a motion to refer but must be acted upon initially at the meeting at which it is presented.”

2. Subsection (2) of Section 3.03 entitled “Mayor” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended to read as follows:

“(2) The Mayor shall have the veto power as to all acts of the Council, except ...

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