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The legislative power of the City is vested in a council consisting seven (7) members. Five members are elected from districts A-E. Two members are elected at large by all the qualified electors of the City.  Members are elected for a four (4) year term concurrent with that of the Mayor.
 
CITY COUNCIL
Composition, qualifications and election.
A.
The legislative power of the city is vested in a council consisting of seven (7) members elected as follows:

(1)
Five (5) members shall be elected from districts enumerated in section 8-01 (Council districts), one (1) from and by the qualified electors in each district.

(2)
Two (2) members shall be elected at large by all the qualified electors of the city.

B.
A member of the council shall be elected for a four-year term concurrent with that of the mayor and shall be eligible for reelection.

C.
A council member shall be a qualified elector of the municipality.

D.
A council member shall have actually resided within the city for at least one (1) year and, where applicable, within the district from which elected, for at least six (6) consecutive months, immediately preceding the time established by law for qualifying for office. A council member shall continue to actually reside within the city limits, and if elected from a district shall continue to actually reside within the district, during the term of office. If a council member changes his actual residence from the city, or from the district from which elected, the office shall automatically become vacant, which vacancy shall be filled as set out hereinafter.

Elections shall be held in accordance with the election laws of the state.

Changes in district boundaries, reapportionment.
A.
In the event of annexation by the commission [city] council of the City of Bogalusa between the time of adoption of this charter and thirty (30) days before the election of the first city council, the charter commission shall alter, change or rearrange council district lines in order to incorporate into such districts those persons living in the newly annexed areas.

B.
Following the election of the first council under this charter, any ordinance annexing new areas to the city shall prescribe the council district or districts in which said area shall be included.

C.
Following official publication of each federal census by the United States Bureau of the Census for the area covered by the City of Bogalusa, and at least six (6) months prior to the next primary election for council members, the council by ordinance shall alter, change or rearrange council district boundaries so as to provide for population equality among the districts as near as reasonably practicable.

Vacancies.

A.
The office of a council member shall become vacant upon death, resignation, removal from office in any manner authorized by law, forfeiture of office or failure to take office for any reason.

B.
Any council member shall forfeit the office if such member:

(1)
Lacks at any time during the term of office any qualification for the office prescribed by this charter,

(2)
Violates any express prohibition of this charter, or

(3)
Is disqualified by law from holding public office.

C.
A vacancy on the council shall be filled by appointment of a person meeting the qualifications for office by a majority of the remaining members of the council. If one (1) year or less of the unexpired term remains when the vacancy occurs, the appointee shall serve out the remainder of the term. If the vacancy occurs more than one (1) year prior to the expiration of the term, the appointee shall serve until the office is filled by the vote of the qualified electors voting in a special election called by the council for that purpose, which election shall be held according to the timetable and procedures established by state law generally for the filling of vacancies in elected municipal offices. In no case shall an appointee be eligible for the position of council member, whether in the special election to fill the vacancy or in the election at which the office is to be filled for the succeeding term.

Compensation.
A.
Council members shall be paid compensation of (0000) per month, until changed by ordinance. No ordinance changing the compensation of a council member shall be adopted during the last year of a term of office, and no such ordinance shall become effective during the term of the council adopting the ordinance.

B.
The council, by ordinance, may adopt a system for reimbursement, upon presentation of properly documented receipts, of reasonable expenses necessary to the performance of official duties by a member while outside the city.

Prohibitions.
A.
A council member shall not hold any other elected public office, city office or city employment during the term for which elected to the council. No former council member shall hold any compensated appointive city office or city employment until one (1) year after the expiration of the term for which elected to the council.

B.
Except as provided elsewhere in this charter, neither the council nor any of its members shall involve themselves in any manner in the appointment, removal, direction or supervision of any city administrative officer or employee.

C.
Any citizen, including city employees, may bring suit in a court of proper jurisdiction against the council or any of its members for violation of provisions of this section.

Investigations.

The council, by the favorable vote of at least two-thirds of its authorized membership, may make investigations into the affairs of the city and the conduct of any city official, officer, employee, department, office or agency and for this purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony and require the production of evidence. The council may provide by ordinance for the punishment, as a misdemeanor, of a person for the willful failure or refusal to obey such subpoena or request for evidence. Investigations by the council shall be for specified purposes.

Independent Audit.

The council shall provide for an annual independent post-audit, and such additional audits as it deems necessary, of the accounts and other evidence of financial transactions of the city, including those of all city departments, offices or agencies. Auditors shall be designated by the council, shall be without personal interest in the affairs subject to audit and shall be a certified public accountant or firm of such accountants. The audit shall be submitted to the council at one (1) of its regularly scheduled meetings and shall be a public record, and a summary thereof shall be published at least once in the official journal. The council may accept audits by the state, if such are made that satisfy the requirements of the council.

Secretary to the council.
The council shall appoint a secretary to the council. The secretary shall give notice of council meetings to its members and the public, keep the journal of its proceedings, be official secretary of the council and perform such other duties as are assigned to the position by this charter or by the council.

Council meetings and rules.
A.
The council shall meet regularly at least every other week at such times and places as the council may prescribe by resolution. Special meetings may be held on the call of the mayor, the presiding officer of the council or a majority of the council membership and upon no less than twenty-four (24) hours' notice to each member. To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or public safety, the council may meet upon call of the mayor, the presiding officer of the council or a majority of the council membership at whatever notice it shall be convenient to give.

B.
All meetings of the council or its committees shall be held in compliance with state law governing public access to meetings of governing bodies. A meeting closed to the public shall be limited to matters allowed by law to be exempted from discussion at open meetings. No final or binding action shall be taken during a closed meeting.

C.
The council shall determine its own rules and order of business and shall provide for keeping a journal of its minutes and proceedings. This journal shall be a public record.

D.
At its first meeting, and annually thereafter, the council shall elect a president and vice-president from its membership. The president shall preside at meetings of the council except when he shall be acting mayor. In the absence or disqualification of the president, the vice-president shall preside.

E.
All voting shall be by roll call, and the ayes and nays shall be recorded in the minutes. Five (5) members of the council shall constitute a quorum to transact business, but if a quorum is lost during a meeting, a smaller number may recess from time to time and compel the attendance of absent members in the manner and subject to the penalties prescribed by council rules.

No action of the council shall be valid or binding unless adopted by the favorable vote of at least a majority of its authorized membership.

G.
The council shall provide by ordinance for sanctions to compel attendance by council members at council meetings.

Action requiring an ordinance.
An act of the council having the force of law shall be by ordinance. An act requiring an ordinance shall include but not be limited to those which:

(1)
Adopt or amend an administrative code.

(2)
Provide a fine or other penalty or establish a rule or regulation for violation of which a fine or other penalty may be imposed.

(3)
Levy taxes or assessments as provided by law.

(4)
Appropriate funds and/or adopt the budget and capital improvement program for the city.

(5)
Grant, renew or extend a franchise.

(6)
Provide for raising revenue.

(7)
Regulate the rate or other charges for service by the city.

(8)
Authorize the borrowing of money by the city.

(9)
Incur debt in any manner.

(10)
Abandon any property owned by the city.

(11)
Convey or lease or authorize the conveyance or lease of any lands or property of the city.

(12)
Acquire real property on behalf of the city.

(13)
Adopt or modify the official map, platting or subdivision controls or regulations or the zoning plan.

(14)
Adopt, without substantive amendment, ordinances proposed under the initiative power.

Amend or repeal any ordinance previously adopted.

(16)
Authorize any contract on behalf of the city.

(17)
Propose amendments to this charter.

Acts other than those referred to above may be done either by ordinance or by resolution.

Ordinances in general.
A.
All proposed ordinances shall be introduced in writing and in the form required for final adoption and, except for codifications and the annual operating budget and capital improvement program, shall be confined to one (1) subject, expressed clearly in the title.

B.
All proposed ordinances shall be read by title and published in full or by title. Except as otherwise provided in section 2-13 (Emergency ordinances), no ordinance shall be considered for final passage until it has laid over at least seven (7) days from the date of publication and unless a public hearing has been held on the ordinance.

C.
All ordinances and resolutions shall be passed in open public meeting by the favorable vote of at least a majority of the authorized membership of the council. The vote on final passage shall be recorded in the minutes of the council by the individual vote of each council member.

D.
With the final approval of ordinances by the mayor or the council, in case of a veto by the mayor, such enacted ordinances shall be published in full in the official journal by the secretary to the council as soon as practical thereafter except as provided in section 2-14 (Codes of technical regulations). Every enacted ordinance, unless it shall specify another date, shall become effective at the expiration of ten (10) days after publication by the council, or if the ordinance be adopted through a majority vote in a referendum election, then ten (10) days after promulgation and publication of the election results by the council.

Submission of ordinances to the mayor.
A.
Every ordinance adopted by the council shall be signed by the presiding officer of the council and presented to the mayor within three (3) calendar days after adoption, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and state holidays. The secretary to the council shall record upon the ordinance the date and hour of its delivery to the mayor.

B.
Within ten (10) calendar days after the mayor's receipt of an ordinance, it shall be returned to the secretary to the council with or without the mayor's approval, or with the mayor's veto. The secretary shall record upon the ordinance the date and hour of its receipt from the mayor. If the ordinance has been approved or is not specifically vetoed, it shall be considered finally adopted and become effective as provided in section 2-11 (Ordinances in general). If the ordinance is vetoed, the mayor shall submit to the council through the secretary a written statement of the reasons for veto. The veto statement shall be published in full in the official journal by the secretary as soon as practical thereafter. All ordinances that the mayor vetoes shall be vetoed in full, except that the mayor shall have the authority to veto individual appropriation items in the ordinances adopting the operating budget and capital improvement program.

C.
Ordinances vetoed by the mayor shall be submitted promptly to the secretary who in turn shall submit them to the council at the next regular or special meeting held at least seven (7) days after publication of the veto statement. Should the council vote to readopt the ordinance by the favorable vote of at least two-thirds of its authorized membership, said ordinance shall be considered finally adopted and become law irrespective of the veto by the mayor.

D.
The right of the mayor to veto as provided in this section shall apply to all ordinances adopted by the council except those which propose amendments to this charter; reapportion council districts; establish, alter or modify council procedure; appropriate funds for auditing or investigating any part of the executive branch; or create staff agencies or officers for the council; or those ordinances made mandatory by the general laws of the state.

Emergency ordinances.
A.
To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or public safety, the council by the favorable vote of at least a majority of the authorized membership, may adopt an emergency ordinance at the meeting at which it is introduced, provided that no such ordinance may be used to levy taxes or special assessments; grant or extend a franchise; incur debt, except as provided in section 5-05 B (Emergency appropriations); adopt or amend the official map, platting or subdivision controls or zoning regulations; or change rates, fees or charges established by the city. Each emergency ordinance shall contain a specific statement of the emergency claimed.

B.
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 2-12 (Submission of ordinances to the mayor), any emergency ordinance adopted by the council shall be signed by the presiding officer of the council and presented to the mayor within six (6) hours after adoption. Within twelve (12) hours after the mayor's receipt of an emergency ordinance, it shall be returned to the secretary with or without the mayor's approval, or with the mayor's veto. If the emergency ordinance has been approved or is not specifically vetoed, it shall be considered finally adopted and become effective immediately upon receipt by the secretary. If the emergency ordinance is vetoed, the mayor shall submit to the council through the secretary a written statement of the reasons for the veto. The secretary shall record upon the emergency ordinance the dates and hours of its delivery to and receipt from the mayor. Should the council vote to readopt the vetoed emergency ordinance by the favorable vote of at least two-thirds of its authorized membership, said emergency ordinance shall be considered finally adopted and become law immediately upon readoption, irrespective of the veto by the mayor. Upon final approval by the mayor, or the council in case of a veto by the mayor, such enacted emergency ordinances shall be published in the official journal by the secretary as soon as practical thereafter either in full or in summary at the discretion of the council.

C.
Emergency ordinances shall be effective for no longer than sixty (60) days. The council, however, upon a favorable vote of at least two-thirds of its authorized membership may extend the life of an emergency ordinance for an additional thirty (30) days, but no such ordinance may be extended beyond that period.
Emergency ordinances shall be effective for no longer than sixty (60) days. The council, however, upon a favorable vote of at least two-thirds of its authorized membership may extend the life of an emergency ordinance for an additional thirty (30) days, but no such ordinance may be extended beyond that period.

Section 2-14. - Codes of technical regulations.
The council by ordinance may adopt any standard code of technical regulations by reference. The procedure and requirements governing the adoption of such ordinances shall be as prescribed for ordinances generally, except that a period of at least thirty (30) days must be allowed between the time of introduction and final passage of the ordinance. During this interim, copies of any proposed code shall be available for public review. A copy of each adopted code of technical regulations as well as the adopting ordinance shall be authenticated and recorded by the secretary to the council in the official records of the city. Such adopted codes of technical regulations shall be published at least by title or by reference in the official journal by the secretary as soon as practical following such final adoption.

Section 2-15. - Authentication and recording of ordinances and resolutions; printing and distribution.
A.
All finally adopted ordinances and resolutions shall be authenticated, numbered and recorded by the secretary to the council in a properly indexed book or books kept for this purpose.

B.
The council shall cause each ordinance and each amendment to this charter to be printed or otherwise reproduced promptly following its final adoption and such printed or reproduced amendments and ordinances, including codes of technical regulations adopted by reference pursuant to section 2-14 (Codes of technical regulations), shall be distributed or sold to the public at reasonable prices.

C.
The council shall cause each resolution approved by it to be recorded in the minutes of the council meeting at which the resolution was approved.


Section 2-16. - Power to levy taxes.
The power to perform any service or provide any facility granted to the city by this home rule charter or by the constitution and general laws of the state shall in all cases carry with it the power to levy taxes and to borrow money within the limits and in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the constitution and general laws of the state. The council shall have, and is hereby granted, all of the authority to levy and collect taxes, to incur debt, and issue bonds and other evidences of indebtedness, as is now or hereafter conferred on governing authorities of municipalities by the constitution and general laws of the state, or as may be hereafter specially conferred by the electors of the city. Any tax being levied on the effective date of this home rule charter is ratified.

Section 2-17. - Powers of enforcement.
For the purpose of carrying out the powers generally or specially conferred on the city, the council shall have the power, whenever it deems it necessary, to grant franchises, to require licenses and permits and fix the fees to be paid therefore, to charge compensation for any privilege or franchise granted or service rendered, and to provide penalties for the violation of any ordinance or regulations, as provided by law.
 
The City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at City Hall.
 
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