Recess Do's and Don'ts

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

Recess means periods of time during which regularly scheduled meetings of the Council are not held. This year our summer recess begins at 12:01 am on August 1st and ends at 11:59 pm on September 7th.

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 at any time within the contract 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, or a resolution approving or disapproving a contract. Permanent legislation cannot be voted on at an additional meeting called during a recess.

  • 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.

  • Committees cannot hold roundtables.

  • 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, which is to be considered at a special or additional legislative meeting.

  • Mayor cannot transmit legislation to the Council.

Contract, Reprogramming and GBM Counts

  • No contracts over $1M or multi-year contracts can be transmitted during the period of July 21st through August 7th, except for federal-aid highway contracts transmitted by the Mayor.

  • Transmittal of contracts resumes on Monday, August 10th.

  • The count on reprogramming, GBM, etc. requests transmitted on or before July 16th excludes days of recess. The count on reprogramming, GBM, etc. requests transmitted thereafter will resume on September 8th. No reprogramming requests may be transmitted during the recess.

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