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Filing Deadlines for the 1st Meeting of Council Period 25

Below are filing guidelines related to the first Legislative Meeting in January (1/3/23).




Winter recess begins on December 23rd and the next business day will be January 3rd at 9:00 a.m. Legislation may not be filed during recess.

The agenda for the inaugural Legislative Meeting will consist of 2 legislative categories:

(1) Final reading of all temporary legislation approved on December 20th (automatically added)

(2) Emergency legislation


You may circulate notices at any time. The following deadlines are ceilings and not floors; you are encouraged to circulate your measures early!


Wednesday, December 28th at noon

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

  • Requests to move emergency legislation, including [draft] copies of accompanying legislation.

  • Notices of new business.

See filing instructions below.


Friday, December 30th at noon

Notice of an Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute and a redlined ANS must be email circulated to all members and staff. Filing instructions are below.


Friday, December 30th by 6:00 p.m.

Notices of amendments and copies of the amendment must be email circulated. Filing instructions are below.


Tuesday, January 3rd by 10:00 a.m.

  • Notices of Amendments in the Nature of a Substitute and accompanying ANS (a redlined version. Please file a combined PDF document with the notice and the ANS via LIMS e-Filing portal at lims.dccouncil.us/efliling.

  • All amendments must be filed via LIMS e-Filing.

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

  • All emergency legislation and all amendments must be accompanied by a Fiscal Impact Statement and a Legal Sufficiency Statement.

Introductions of New Legislation
  • You may file legislation beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. As a courtesy to your colleagues, please reserve the first hour of the business day (from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.) for filings to be considered at the noon Legislative Meeting.

  • All legislation filed between 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 through 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2023 will be included on the Secretary's Log of Introductions for the Committee of the Whole scheduled for January 17th.

  • A committee may not consider a measure until it has been officially referred (i.e. included on the Secretary's Log of 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.

  • All introductions must include a Word and PDF version of the document.

  • An introduction statement that accompanies your introduction is helpful for public access so it is strongly encouraged.

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

  • The Office of the Secretary communicates updates via email connected to LIMS e-filing, and notations sent to your dashboard. Please refer to the dashboard for status updates.

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