FLOWCHART. Ordinance Flowchart  


This flowchart illustrates the seven, sequential steps in the process of enacting an ordinance in the City of Minneapolis.

STEP 1: NOTICE OF INTENT Before an ordinance may be formally introduced, the sponsoring Council Member must give notice of his or her intent to make the introduction at a subsequent regular meeting.
[First Reading and Referal]
Only a Council Member may introduce an ordinance, after having given prior notice. Upon introduction, the presiding officer refers the proposed ordinance to the appropriate standing committee with subject matter jurisdiction. This series of actions covers the ordinance introduction, first reading, and referral to committee. Upon referral, the committee chair may at that time announce the time and place of a public hearing, if required, on the proposed ordinance.
Second Reading
A proposed ordinance is given its "second reading" by the committee to whom it is referred. Under the rules, all matters referred by the City Council must be considered at the next regular meeting of the committee. If required, the committee will conduct a public hearing on the proposed ordinance. The committee may then proceed to perfect the draft through the regular amendatory process. When its work is completed, the ordinance is enrolled to incorporate any amendments that have been recommended by the committee. The committee, through its chair, must submit its recommendation—either to approve, to deny, or to submit without recommendation—to the full Council.
Third Reading
[Final Action]
The City Council formally considers the recommendation of its standing committee on the proposed ordinance, which serves as the "third reading." The Council may further perfect the ordinance through the regular amendatory process; if amendments are made, those are enrolled in the final version. When the matter has been accepted in final form, the City Council, by the proper vote, may pass the ordinance.
STEP 5: MAYORAL CONSIDERATION The ordinance, as passed by the City Council, is submitted to the Mayor, who may approve the ordinance by authenticating it with his or her signature, or may veto the ordinance. The City Council may override the veto of the Mayor by a two-thirds vote; otherwise, the veto is sustained. If the ordinance, as passed by the City Council, is approved and signed by the Mayor, it becomes an enacted ordinance.
STEP 6: ENROLLMENT & PUBLICATION After enactment, the ordinance is submitted for publication in the City's official newspaper (Finance & Commerce). Pursuant to state law, the effective date of the ordinance is the date of legal publication (unless a later effective date is provided in the ordinance); publication is generally eight days after the date of final action by the City Council.
STEP 7: CODIFICATION After publication, the enacted ordinance is codified under the correct title, chapter, and section of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances.


(Res. No. 2013R-381, 8-30-2013)