Deadlines for the January 4th Legislative Meeting & Recess Guidelines


The following deadlines apply to the first Legislative Meeting of 2022.


Noon on Wednesday, December 29th

The following requests should be email circulated to all members and staff:

  • Requests to move emergency legislation, including [draft] copies of accompanying legislation. Emergency contract approval legislation at the request of the Executive must have been filed in the Office of the Secretary by 4pm on December 22nd.

  • Requests for waivers of Rule 231(c).

  • Notices of measures filed pursuant to Rule 339.

  • Notices of new business.

10:00 a.m.on Monday, January 3rd
  • All properly filed introductions to be added to the Secretary's Log of Introductions (i.e. to be officially referred).

  • All emergency legislation at the request of the Executive (other than contract approval legislation).

Noon on Monday, January 3rd
  • Notices of Amendments in the Nature of a Substitute and accompanying ANS (a redlined version of the ANS and notice must be circulated to all members and staff). Please file via LIMS e-filing portal at lims.dccouncil.us/efiling. and email circulate to members and staff.

  • Final (signed) copies of emergency legislation. Please file PDF via the LIMS e-filing portal at lims.dccouncil.us/efliling and Word via Sterling. Please circulate to members and staff.

  • All emergency legislation and all amendments must be accompanied by a Fiscal Impact Statement and a Legal Sufficiency Statement. Given the dynamics of central staff teleworking and the Council remotely meeting, amendments not filed by the stated deadline may not give staff adequate time and notice to provide these statements.

  • Ceremonial resolutions. Please file via the LIMS e-filing portal. Presentation copies will be available beginning in January. Please submit your request to Wayne Gray (wgray@dccouncil.us) by noon on Mondays and printed signed copies will be returned to the requesting office on Fridays. At the time of the request, the full text of the resolution must be available.

6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 3rd
  • Final copies of all amendments. Please file via LIMS e-filing and email to all members and staff.

  • Timely filed amendments will be available via LIMS and added to the final version of the agenda. This will provide notice to the public of the intended action.

Introductions
  • There will be no introductions from the dais. Introductions may be e-filed with the Office of the Secretary via the LIMS e-filing portal at lims.dccouncil.us/efiling.

  • All filings must include the introducing member(s) signature at time of filing.

  • You may track the approval process of your introduction via the LIMS e-filing dashboard.

What you can and can't do during the Winter recess

Recess means periods of time during which regularly scheduled meetings of the Council are not held. Our Winter recess begins at 12:01 am on December 23rd and ends at 11:59 pm on December 31st.

What you can do

  • Committees may circulate notices of hearings, roundtables, intent to move emergency and temporary legislation (including attaching drafts of the legislation), waiver requests, and may file committee reports in the Office of the Secretary.

  • Mayor may transmit correspondence to the Council.

  • Mayor may transmit federal-aid highway contracts in excess of $1M.

  • Councilmembers may introduce approval or disapproval resolutions on contracts over $1M, or multi-year contracts, or federal-aid highway contracts, or reprogrammings at any time within the Council review period.

  • Committees may hold public hearings on a proposed contract over $1M, or multi-year contracts, or federal-aid highway contracts at any time during the Council review period that occurs during the recess.

  • Chairman may call an additional legislative meeting to consider emergency and temporary legislation, a veto override, a resolution approving or disapproving a contract or any matter specifically authorized by Recess Rules.

  • Council may transmit legislation to the Mayor for her signature and the Mayor can sign and/or return legislation.

What you cannot do

  • Committees cannot hold hearings, except on contracts over $1M, or multi-year contracts, or federal-aid highway contracts, unless specifically authorized by Recess Rules.

  • Committees cannot hold roundtables, unless specifically authorized by Recess Rules.

  • Committees cannot mark-up legislation.

  • Members cannot introduce legislation during a recess, except for emergency and temporary legislation, or a resolution approving or disapproving a contract or reprogramming, which is to be considered at a special or additional legislative meeting.

  • Mayor cannot transmit legislation to the Council.



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