RULES OF ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURE

FOR THE COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

OF THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Council Period 14

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ARTICLE I — DEFINITIONS *

101. DEFINITIONS

ARTICLE II — COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES *

201. MATTERS UNDER THE PURVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE
202. AGENCIES UNDER THE PURVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE

ARTICLE III — ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMITTEE *

301. PRESIDING OFFICER
302. COMMITTEE STAFF

ARTICLE IV — CONFLICT OF INTEREST *

401. CONFLICT OF INTEREST

ARTICLE V — PROCEDURES FOR MEETINGS *

A. COMMITTEE MEETINGS *

501. REGULAR MEETINGS
502. ADDITIONAL AND SPECIAL MEETINGS
503. SCHEDULING OF COMMITTEE MEETING
504. NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETING
505. QUORUM
506. MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
507. EXECUTIVE SESSIONS
508. RECESS
509. RECORD OF MEETINGS

B. ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR MEETINGS *

511. ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR REGULAR MEETINGS
512. ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR ADDITIONAL AND SPECIAL MEETINGS

512. PROCEEDING OUT OF ORDER

C. RULES OF DECORUM *

521. DECORUM OF MEMBERS
522. DECORUM OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

D. RULES OF DEBATE *

531. OBTAINING THE FLOOR
532. LIMITATIONS ON DEBATE
533. PERSONAL PRIVILEGE
534. POINTS OF ORDER
535. APPEAL
536. RECOGNITION OF NON-MEMBERS

E. MOTIONS *

541. MOTIONS RECOGNIZED DURING DEBATE
542. WITHDRAWAL OR MODIFICATION OF MOTIONS
543. AMENDMENTS TO BE WRITTEN

F. VOTING *

551. FORM OF VOTE
552. VOICE VOTES
553. DEMAND FOR ROLL CALL VOTE
554. CALLING THE ROLL
555. PROXY VOTING PROHIBITED
556. CONSENT AGENDA
557. REQUIREMENT FOR A QUORUM
558. RECONSIDERATION

ARTICLE VI — LEGISLATION *

601. REPORTS ON LEGISLATION

ARTICLE VII — HEARING PROCEDURES AND INVESTIGATIONS *

701. HEARINGS AND INVESTIGATIONS

ARTICLE VIII — CONSTRUCTION, SUSPENSION, AND AMENDMENT
OF RULES
*

801. RULES OF THE COUNCIL
802. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
803. GENDER RULE OF CONSTRUCTION
804. SUSPENSION OF RULES
805. AMENDMENT OF RULES
806. EFFECTIVE PERIOD

 

COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

OF THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

RULES OF ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURE

COUNCIL PERIOD 14

ARTICLE I — DEFINITIONS

101. DEFINITIONS

For the purposes of these Rules, the term:

(1) "Agency" means an organizational unit of the District of Columbia, including departments, boards, divisions, commissions, and offices, whether subordinate to or independent of the Mayor; except that "agency" shall not include the Council or the District of Columbia courts.

(2) "Bill" means a proposed act of the Council.

(3) "Chairman" means the Chairman of the Council.

(4) "Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the Committee.

(5) "Charter" means title IV of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act of 1973, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 774; D.C. Code  1-221 et seq.).

(6) "Committee" means the Committee on Economic Development established by section 233 of the Council Rules.

(7) "Council" means the Council of the District of Columbia established by section 401 of the Charter (D.C. Code 1-201).

(8) "Council Period" means the legislative session of the Council beginning at noon on January 2nd of each odd-numbered year and ending at noon on January 2nd of the following odd-numbered year.

(9) "Council Rules" means the Rules of Organization and Procedure for the Council of the District of Columbia, Council Period XIV, effective January 2, 2001 (Res. 14-1; 48 DCR 203).

(10) "Legal holiday" means a legal public holiday of the District of Columbia or the United States as set forth in D.C. Code 28-2701.

(11) "Mayor" means the Mayor of the District of Columbia as established by section 421 of the Charter (D.C. Code 1-241).

(12) "Measure" means a proposed act, resolution, amendment to a proposed act or resolution, a motion pending before the Committee, a proposed reorganization plan, reprogramming request, non-offsetting budget modification request, grant application, proposed state plan, contract, or proposed municipal regulation transmitted by law to the Committee or Council for its approval or comments.

(13) "Meeting" means the formal convening of the Committee, other than solely for the purpose of receiving testimony, held at a designated time and place for the purpose of transacting public business, including official action of any kind.

(14) "Minutes" means a summary of actions and proceedings of a meeting of the Committee.

(15) "Normal business hours" means 9:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays.

(16) "Official action" has the same meaning as in section 742 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 774; D.C. Code 1-1504).

(17) "Person" means an individual, partnership, association, corporation, or any other organization.

(18) "Recess of the Council" means periods of time during which regularly scheduled meetings of the Council are not held; i.e., the month of August through September 15th, the 9-day period beginning on the Friday immediately preceding Easter, the 17-day period beginning on July 15th of each year, and the 9-day period ending on December 31st of each year.

(19) "Resolution" means an expression of a simple determination, decision, or direction of the Council of a special or temporary character and includes actions of the Council concerning its internal management and conduct.

(20) "Subpoena" means subpoena ad testificandum or subpoena duces tecum, or both.

(21) "Transcription" means a verbatim recordation, including a tape recording or audiovisual recording.

ARTICLE II — COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES

201. MATTERS UNDER THE PURVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE

The Committee on Economic development is responsible for matters related to economic, industrial, and commercial development; cultural affairs; local, small, or disadvantaged business development; tourism and convention business; the regulation and programming of cable television and telecommunications; industrial revenue and enterprise zone bonds; and matters related to the development of housing stock.

202. AGENCIES UNDER THE PURVIEW OF THE COMMITTEE

The following agencies come within the purview of the Committee on Economic Development:

Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Department of Housing and Community Development

National Capital Revitalization Corporation

District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency

Washington Convention Center Authority

D.C. Committee to Promote Washington

Washington Convention and Visitors Association

Sports and Entertainment Commission

Office of Cable Television and Telecommunications

Public Access Corporation

District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency

Local Business Opportunity Commission

Office of Local Business Development

Housing Production Trust Fund Board

Commission on Arts and the Humanities

District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce

District of Columbia Economic Development Finance Corporation

Office of Business and Economic Development or any successor agency or successor component of that agency

ARTICLE III — ORGANIZATION OF THE COMMITTEE

301. PRESIDING OFFICER

The Chairperson shall be the presiding officer of the Committee. The Chairperson may appoint another Committee member to preside over the Committee should the Chairperson be unable to preside. In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chairperson without the appointment by the Chairperson of another Committee member to preside over the Committee, the most senior member of the Committee shall act as the presiding officer.

302. COMMITTEE STAFF

(a) The Chairperson shall appoint and present for the approval of members of the Committee the names and responsibilities of each Committee staff person. The Chairperson may remove a Committee staff person with or without the approval of the members of the Committee. The Chairperson shall determine the remuneration for the staff of the Committee, subject to appropriations and positions allocated by the Council.

(b) The Chairperson shall notify the members of the Committee of any action under subsection (a) of this section within 3 days, excluding weekends, legal holidays, and days of Council recess.

ARTICLE IV — CONFLICT OF INTEREST

401. CONFLICT OF INTEREST

A member of the Committee who, in the discharge of his or her official duties on the Committee, would be required to take an action or make a decision that would affect directly or indirectly his or her financial interest, as defined by section 601(b) of the District of Columbia Campaign Finance Reform and Conflict of Interest Act, approved August 14, 1974 (88 Stat. 467; D.C. Code 1-1461(b)), or the financial interest of a member of his or her household or a business with which he or she is associated, or must take an official action or make a decision on a matter as to which he or she has a conflict situation created by a personal, family, or client interest, shall disclose this information in writing to the Chairperson, or shall submit a statement for the record at the appropriate Committee meeting. The Chairperson shall excuse the member from votes, deliberations, and other action on the matter, if the member requests to be excused. If a member of the Committee discloses a potential conflict of interest which the member determines does not prohibit him or her from taking official action pursuant to D.C. Code 1-1461(b), the member may participate in the votes, deliberations, and other actions on the matter; however, the disclosure shall be made whenever the member participates in deliberations or other actions on the matter. If the member’s participation would be prohibited by D.C. Code 1-1461(b), the member shall not participate in any vote, deliberation, or other action on the matter. If the participation by the Chairperson in the votes, deliberations or other action on a measure assigned to the Committee would be prohibited by D.C. Code 1-1461(b), the Chairperson shall return the measure to the Chairman for reassignment. Information disclosed under this section shall be included in the written record or transcription of the proceedings.

ARTICLE V — PROCEDURES FOR MEETINGS

A. COMMITTEE MEETINGS

501. REGULAR MEETINGS

(a) The Committee shall hold regular meetings on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9:00 a.m., except during periods of Council recess. When the day for a regularly scheduled committee meeting falls on a day designated by law as a legal holiday, the meeting may be rescheduled by the Chairperson. The Chairperson may designate another time for a meeting at the preceding Committee meeting or by written notice to each member at least 24 hours before the time of the regularly scheduled meeting.

(b) All regular meetings of the Committee shall be held in Room 700 of One Judiciary Square, 441 Fourth Street, NW, until such time as the Council relocates to the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, unless another place is designated by a majority of the members of the Committee either in a Committee meeting or in writing circulated to all members not less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.

(c) If a majority of the members of the Committee are present at a regular meeting, the Chairperson may recess that meeting to another time, day, or place, or may reschedule any future regular meeting to another time, day, or place.

(d) The Chairperson may cancel a future regularly scheduled meeting. The Chairperson shall notify each member of the Committee of a meeting cancellation.

502. ADDITIONAL AND SPECIAL MEETINGS

(a) The Chairperson may call additional meetings of the Committee.

(b) Any three members of the Committee may request that the Chairperson call a special meeting of the Committee. The request must be in writing and filed with the Chairperson of the Committee. Upon the filing of the request, the Chairperson shall notify the other members of the Committee of the filing of the request. If, within 24 hours after the request is filed, the Chairperson does not call the requested special meeting, to be held within 72 hours after the request is filed, a majority of the members of the Committee may file with the Chairperson their written notice that a special meeting of the Committee will be held, specifying the date, hour, place, and agenda of the special meeting; provided, that the time of the special meeting shall be within 72 hours of the time the request for a special meeting was filed with the Chairperson. Immediately upon the filing of the notice, the Chairperson shall notify all members of the Committee as provided in subsection (c) of this section. The Committee shall meet at the specified date and hour for the special meeting.

503. SCHEDULING OF COMMITTEE MEETING

Prior to holding a regular, additional, or special meeting of the Committee, the Committee staff shall have determined that the meeting of the Committee does not conflict with a previously scheduled meeting of another committee of the Council. A regular meeting of the Committee held at, or within an hour after, the time designated in the annual Committee Meeting Schedule prepared by the Secretary of the Council shall, without further investigation, be considered to satisfy the requirement of this section. Review of the room schedule maintained by the Secretary of the Council, and consultation with the staff of any Committee having reserved a room during the expected time of the Committee meeting shall satisfy the requirement of this section if there is a determination after this investigation that it is likely that there will be no conflict with a meeting of another committee of the Council.

504. NOTICE OF COMMITTEE MEETING

At least 24 hours prior to a regular, additional, or special meeting, the Chairperson or a Committee staff person shall circulate to all members of the Council a notice of the date, hour, and place of the meeting, along with a copy of the agenda of the meeting and a draft of any measures to be considered at the meeting, unless four members of the Committee agree to a shorter notice.

505. QUORUM

(a) A majority of the members of the Committee constitutes a quorum for the lawful convening of a Committee meeting and for the transaction of business, and no voting or official business of the Committee shall be conducted absent a quorum; except that a lesser number may hold a Committee hearing. A meeting shall not begin until a quorum is ascertained by the Chairperson. After a quorum has been ascertained, the meeting shall proceed unless a member raises the absence of a quorum, whereupon the Chairperson shall direct the calling of the roll and shall announce the result. The raising of the absence of a quorum and the calling of the roll shall be without debate, and until a quorum is present, no debate or motion shall be in order except to recess for 30 minutes to find absent members. After the recess, if any, the roll shall be called again. If a quorum is present, the meeting shall proceed; if a quorum is not present, the meeting shall be adjourned.

(b) The Chairman of the Council shall be an ex officio, voting member of the Committee and may be counted for the purposes of a quorum, but shall not increase the quorum requirement for the Committee.

506. MEETINGS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

All meetings of the Committee at which official action is taken shall be open to the public. No resolution, rule, act, or other official action shall be effective unless taken, made, or enacted at an open meeting.

507. EXECUTIVE SESSIONS

Upon the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present and voting at a public meeting, the Committee may conduct a meeting in an executive session, closed to the public, to the extent permitted by section 506 of these Rules.

508. RECESS

The Committee shall take no official action during a recess of the Council, except as provided in section 308 of the Council Rules.

509. RECORD OF MEETINGS

(a) The Committee shall maintain in its files, or provide to the Secretary of the Council, a description or copy of each amendment, motion, order, or other proposition on which a roll call is taken and the name of each member of the Committee voting for or against the amendment, motion, order, or proposition, and the names of those members of the Committee present but not voting.

(b) An audio or audiovisual transcription of committee meetings and hearings open to the public shall be made. No minutes of Committee meetings or hearings shall be required, unless the Chairperson directs that minutes shall be taken. If minutes are taken, the minutes shall be filed with the Secretary to the Council after the minutes are approved by the Committee.

(c) All records of official Committee action shall be made available to the public during normal business hours through the Committee or the Office of the Secretary of Council.

B. ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR MEETINGS

511. ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR REGULAR MEETINGS

Subject to section 513, the Committee shall take up business in the following order:

(1) Call to order;

(2) Determination of a quorum;

(3) Vote on minutes;

(4) Vote on consent agenda;

(5) Consideration of legislation and accompanying reports;

(6) Unfinished business;

(7) New business;

(8) Announcements;

(9) Adjournment.

512. ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR ADDITIONAL AND SPECIAL MEETINGS

The Committee shall take up business in the following order at an additional or special meeting:

(1) Call to order;

(2) Determination of a quorum;

(3) Consideration of matters in the order set forth in the meeting notice.

512. PROCEEDING OUT OF ORDER

The Chairperson, without objection, or upon the vote of a majority of the members of the Committee present and voting, may take up any item of business out of order.

C. RULES OF DECORUM

521. DECORUM OF MEMBERS

(a) Members of the Committee or Council shall not engage in private discourse or commit any other act tending to distract the attention of the Committee from the business before it.

(b) A member of the Committee or Council speaking at a Committee hearing or meeting shall confine remarks to the question at hand, and avoid negative personal remarks.

(c) A member of the Committee or Council speaking at a Committee hearing or meeting shall not question or impugn the motives of a member, but the nature or consequences of a measure may be condemned in strong terms.

522. DECORUM OF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

(a) The Chairperson shall maintain order during Committee meetings and hearings. If the Chairperson determines that the removal of a person other than a member of the Council is necessary to maintain order, the Chairman may, after warning the person, order the removal of the person.

(b) (1) No sign, placard, poster, or attention device of any kind or nature shall be carried or placed within the Committee hearing or meeting rooms. No demonstrations shall be permitted in any area in which a Committee hearing or meeting is being conducted.

(2) The prohibition in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall not apply to an armband, emblem, badge, or other article worn on the personal clothing of an individual; provided, that the armband, emblem, badge, or other article shall not be of such a size and nature as to interfere with the vision or hearing of another person at the meeting or hearing nor shall it extend from the body as may cause injury to another.

(3) A person who violates subsection (1) of this section or who willfully interrupts or disturbs a Committee proceeding, after warning to desist, may be removed from the premises.

(4) Models, photographs, maps, charts, drawings, and other such demonstrative materials intended for use in a presentation by a specific person in testimony before the Committee shall be permitted.

(c) No person, except a member of the Council or Council staff, shall be allowed in the anterooms of the Council Chamber, during the course of any hearing or other proceeding of the Committee, except upon invitation of the Chairperson.

D. RULES OF DEBATE

531. OBTAINING THE FLOOR

A member of the Council who wishes to speak, give notice, make a motion, submit a report, or for any other purpose, shall address and be recognized by the Chairperson before addressing the Committee. No member of the Council may hold the floor for more than 15 minutes each time he or she is recognized or may speak more than once on any subject until every member desiring to be heard on the subject has been allowed to speak.

532. LIMITATIONS ON DEBATE

Unless otherwise provided for in these Rules, debate may be limited by a motion to move the previous question made and carried by a majority of the members of the Committee present and voting. Following approval of this motion, each member of the Committee is entitled to a maximum of 10 minutes for debate, and may yield any part of this time to another member.

533. PERSONAL PRIVILEGE

Any member of the Committee, as a matter of personal privilege, may speak for a period of not longer than 10 minutes concerning matters which may affect the Committee collectively, its rights, its dignity or the integrity of its proceedings, or the rights, reputation, or conduct of its individual members in their representative capacities only.

534. POINTS OF ORDER

Points of order are debatable only at the discretion of the Chairperson. If the Chairperson permits debate, the Chairperson may limit the debate.

535. APPEAL

An appeal may be taken from any decision of the Chairperson. A member of the Committee must state his or her reasons for appealing a decision, to which the Chairperson may respond. Appeals shall be acted upon immediately. An affirmative vote of 1/2 of the members of the Committee present and voting is required to overturn the decision of the Chairperson.

536. RECOGNITION OF NON-MEMBERS

The Chairperson may recognize a member of the public or an employee of the District of Columbia government if the participation of the person would, in the judgment of the Chairperson, enhance the understanding of the matter under consideration by the Committee.

E. MOTIONS

541. MOTIONS RECOGNIZED DURING DEBATE

When a question is under debate, the Chairperson may entertain only the following motions, which shall take precedence in the order listed:

(1) To adjourn;

(2) To recess;

(3) To reconsider;

(4) To lay on the table;

(5) To move the previous question;

(6) To close debate;

(7) To postpone to a day certain;

(8) To amend or substitute; or

(9) To postpone indefinitely.

542. WITHDRAWAL OR MODIFICATION OF MOTIONS

Any motion may be withdrawn or modified by the mover at any time before it has been amended or voted on.

543. AMENDMENTS TO BE WRITTEN

Members shall endeavor to file amendments to pending bills and resolutions in writing. If an amendment is orally moved during a Committee meeting, it shall, upon request by a member, be reduced to writing and read by a member of the Committee staff.

F. VOTING

551. FORM OF VOTE

Voting shall be in the form of "YES", "NO", and "PRESENT". A vote of "PRESENT" shall be deemed the equivalent of an abstention or a non-vote.

552. VOICE VOTES

Except as provided in section 553, votes on all questions shall be by voice, with the results determined by the Chairperson. The vote of a member of the Committee upon any matter shall be recorded upon request. When a vote is by voice vote, all members of the Committee shall be considered as voting "YES" unless there has been a request to be recorded as having voted "NO", a member votes "PRESENT", or a member has recused himself or herself from voting.

553. DEMAND FOR ROLL CALL VOTE

Any member of the Committee, in advance of a vote or promptly after a vote, may demand a roll call vote.

554. CALLING THE ROLL

When a roll call vote is demanded, a member of the Committee staff or the Chairperson shall call the roll of the members and record the names of those voting "YES", "NO", or "PRESENT". Members will be recorded as "ABSENT" if they are not in the Committee meeting room when a vote is taken.

555. PROXY VOTING PROHIBITED

No proxy shall be permitted either for the purpose of voting or for the purpose of obtaining a quorum.

556. CONSENT AGENDA

The Chairperson may prepare a consent agenda for a meeting of the Committee. The consent agenda shall include bills and proposed resolutions that the Chairperson believes will be adopted by unanimous vote. Any member of the Committee may strike a bill or resolution from the consent agenda. Approval of the consent agenda shall be considered as unanimous approval of all matters included in the consent agenda. If a member of the Committee asks for his or her vote to be recorded on a particular measure, the measure shall not be included on the consent agenda.

557. REQUIREMENT FOR A QUORUM

No vote may be taken on any measure or recommendation unless a quorum of the Committee is actually present.

558. RECONSIDERATION

(a) A member of the Committee recorded as having voted with the prevailing side on a question may move to reconsider the question before the Committee of the Whole or Council considers the measure.

(b) For the purpose of this rule, a member of the Committee who was present and voting on a question decided by a voice vote shall be considered as having voted with the prevailing side on the question, unless the member had asked to be recorded as voting against the prevailing side or "PRESENT".

(c) A motion to reconsider requires the approval of a majority of the members of the Committee present and voting.

(d) When a motion to reconsider a vote is defeated, it cannot be repeated.

(e) Votes to approve or amend these Rules may not be reconsidered pursuant to this section.

ARTICLE VI — LEGISLATION

601. REPORTS ON LEGISLATION

(a) Each bill or resolution shall be accompanied by a draft report when it is considered by the Committee unless the Committee votes to waive this requirement for a particular bill or resolution. In the event of a waiver, the Committee shall vote on the draft report at a regularly scheduled, additional, or special meeting of the Committee before filing the report and the reported bill or resolution with the Secretary.

(b) Each adopted report on a bill or resolution shall be in writing, signed by the Chairperson, accompanied by the Committee print of the bill or resolution and contain the following information regarding the reported legislation:

(1) A statement of its purpose and effect;

(2) A chronology of action, including the date of introduction, the date that the notice of hearing or roundtable was published in the D.C. Register, and the date and description of any action taken at a Committee meeting;

(3) A detailed section-by-section analysis of its provisions;

(4) The Committee reasoning;

(5) A fiscal impact pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

(6) An analysis of the impact on existing provisions of law that it would modify or affect;

(7) Dissenting, separate, and individual views of Committee members if members requested the opportunity to state their views. The member shall have not less than 5 calendar days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) to present his or her written views for inclusion in the Committee report;

(8) Any additional information which the Committee directs to be included;

(9) A record of the results of a voice vote or, if a roll call, the votes to adopt the legislation and the motion to adopt the report; and

(10) Any recorded votes on amendments to the bill;

(11) A list of all introducers and co-sponsors;

(12) The date that the notice of intended action was published in the D.C. Register;

(13) A Committee print that the contains in the top left-hand corner of the measure the following text or information, in all-capital letters and bold-faced type:

COMMITTEE PRINT, [Bill or resolution number, e.g., "BILL 14-1"]

COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

[Date of the Committee markup]

(c) The fiscal impact statement under paragraph (5) of subsection (b) of this section shall include the following:

(1) A general statement of the effects the measure will have on the operating and capital budgets for the current and next 4 fiscal years;

(2) A quantitative estimate of the expenditures needed to implement the measure;

(3) An identification of the revenues and funds currently available, or likely to be available from existing revenue sources to implement the measure, if it is to be implemented within the current fiscal year;

(4) A statement on the extent to which current appropriations are available to finance implementation of the measure, if it is to be implemented within the current fiscal year; and

(5) An identification of the specific funding source to be recommended in the forthcoming fiscal years to implement the measure, if the cost of implementation is estimated to exceed $100,000 in that fiscal year.

(d) Each report on a confirmation shall include a current resume of the nominee.

(e) The Chairperson shall file a reported bill or resolution with the Secretary within 20 days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, legal holidays, and recesses of the Council, of Committee action on the bill or resolution unless the Committee votes to reconsider the bill or resolution.

ARTICLE VII — HEARING PROCEDURES AND INVESTIGATIONS

701. HEARINGS AND INVESTIGATIONS

The Committee shall call and hold hearings in accordance with Article V of the Rules of the Council. The Committee shall initiate and hold investigations in accordance with Title VI of the Rules of the Council. The Committee shall use, issue, serve, and enforce subpoenas in accordance with Title VI of the rules of the Council.

ARTICLE VIII — CONSTRUCTION, SUSPENSION, AND AMENDMENT OF RULES

801. RULES OF THE COUNCIL

The Rules of the Council are the rules of the Committee as far as applicable and, wherever any inconsistency between the Committee rules and the rules of the Council arises, the rules of the Council shall govern.

802. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

Matters not covered by these Rules or the Rules of the Council shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised. It shall be the right and duty of the Chairperson to interpret the Rules. Matters not covered by Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, will be determined by the Chairperson subject to the right of any member to appeal the ruling of the Chairperson.

803. GENDER RULE OF CONSTRUCTION

Unless the context indicates otherwise, words importing one gender include the other gender.

804. SUSPENSION OF RULES

Except for rules regarding notice, quorum, or amendment of these Rules and any requirement of the Charter or any other law, any Rule governing procedures of the Committee may be suspended during the consideration of a specified matter by motion to suspend the Rules approved by 2/3rds of the members of the Committee present and voting.

805. AMENDMENT OF RULES

(a) These Rules may be amended by a vote of a majority of the Committee.

(b) An amendment must be proposed in writing, signed, and circulated to all members of the Committee at least 72 days before the consideration of the amendment.

806. EFFECTIVE PERIOD

These Rules shall be effective until superseded by rules of the Committee adopted in a succeeding Council Period.