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  • 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 Council Member authoring the same must give notice of his or her intent to make the introduction at a subsequent regular meeting.
    First Reading and
    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(s) 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.
    Public Hearing
    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 committee, through its chair, must submit its recommendation—either to approve, to deny, or to submit without recommendation—to the full Council.
    Second Reading
    Final Action
    The City Council formally considers the recommendation of its standing committee(s) on the proposed ordinance, which serves as the second reading required under the city charter. 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. An ordinance vetoed by the Mayor is returned to the City Council at its next regular meeting and the Council, with a two-thirds vote of its membership, may override the veto of the Mayor, otherwise the veto is sustained. If the ordinance, as passed by the City Council, is approved and signed by the Mayor, or is approved over the veto of the Mayor, then it becomes an enacted ordinance.
    STEP 6 : ENROLLMENT & PUBLICATION After enactment, the ordinance is published 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; Res. No. 2014R-009, 1-23-2014; Res. No. 2014R-499, 12-5-2014; Res. No. 2016R-534 , 12-9-2016; Res. No. 2018R-018 , 2-17-2018)