UPDATED - What you can and can't do this recess

Updated: Jul 22




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 July 15th and ends at 11:59 pm on September 30th.

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.

Contract, Reprogramming, HFA and GBM Requests

  • No contracts over $1M or multi-year contracts may be transmitted during the period of July 29th through August 31st, except for federal-aid highway contracts and certain contracts authorized by Recess Rules.

  • The count on contracts properly filed on or before July 28th continues throughout the recess. The recess does not toll the count on a contract where the count commenced prior to recess.

  • Transmittal of contracts resumes on September 1st.

  • Reprogrammings may be submitted and the count shall continue through August 2nd.

  • Transmittal of reprogrammings resumes on September 7th.

  • GBMs may be submitted and the count shall continue throughout the entire recess.





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