One of the reasons some of our city council members has been giving for changing the agenda setting procedure is that items are being placed on the agenda without backup material.
There was a time when the backup material was required to be submitted when the item was placed on the agenda. If it wasn’t then a special vote of city council was required to consider the item. They often ignored this rule when it was convenient. The city parliamentarian, who is also the city attorney, admitted in a council meeting that she had not been enforcing the rule.
This council removed that requirement as one of their first things they did after being elected. Testing the newbies warned of the consequences of this action back on June 23, 2013.
Now council is complaining about the lack of backup material. The obvious solution is to go back to the old rules. Instead they are taking the opportunity to shut down public discussion.
Is it a coincidence that they took step one at the beginning of their terms and are now taking step two at the end? Are they hoping that we don’t remember?
We deserve better