Council rules

A committee is beginning the process to clean-up and update the rules that govern Cincinnati City Council meetings.  The city solicitor's office and the council clerk are proposing several changes, and council members may have their own ideas.  

Cincinnati Council will go another week without a set of official rules to guide its activities.

Rules Committee Chairman Kevin Flynn delayed a vote Tuesday on a document he created and presented to council members Sunday.

"This is a first draft," Flynn said. "It's not the rules of Kevin Flynn, it's the result of Council. So I want all members of Council to weigh-in on these rules, to make suggestions to make them better."

Flynn said that how the group will "get the best rules to govern ourselves over the next four years.

Jay Hanselman

For now, Cincinnati Council members will likely still be able to call for separate votes on items contained in larger ordinances and motions.  

The Rules and Government Operations Committee Tuesday approved a plan to delete the provision from the current Council rules.  But right now only five members support it and it takes six affirmative votes to change it.  

Rules Committee Chairwoman Yvette Simpson said the "move to separate" is confusing.