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Article II
County Council
Part 1

Section 2.010. All legislative power of the county shall be vested in the council.

Section 2.020. The council shall consist of seven members, each of whom shall be a qualified voter and resident in his district for at least one year preceding his nomination, and shall continue to reside therein during his incumbency except as otherwise provided in this charter. Each member shall have resided in the county for at least two years next before his election.

Section 2.030. The districts from which members of the council shall be elected are those presently established by ordinance.

Section 2.035. Within thirty days before June 1, 1981, and within thirty days before June 1 each tenth year thereafter and, in the event that a reapportionment has been invalidated by a court of competent jurisdiction, within sixty days after the judgment shall have become final, the central committee of St. Louis County of each of the two parties casting the highest vote for governor at the last preceding election shall, at a meeting duly called and held, nominate, by the vote of a majority of all the members of the Committee, two members of its party from each council district as nominees for reapportionment commissioners. Each nominee shall be a registered voter in the council district for which he is nominated and shall hold no other public office or employment. Each committee shall certify in writing to the county executive its list of nominees. Within thirty days thereafter the county executive shall appoint a commission consisting of one person from each district from each list to divide the county into the number of council districts established by this charter. If any party committee fails to certify a list within the time herein provided the county executive shall appoint a member of his own choice from each council district from the political party of the committee failing to make the nomination. Vacancies in the commission shall be filled by the county executive from the same political party and the same district as the previous members. The commission shall reapportion the council districts by dividing the population of the county by the number of council districts established by this charter so that the population of each district shall, as near as possible, equal that figure and so that each district shall be composed of contiguous territory as compact as may be. Not later than six months after the population of St. Louis County is reported to the president of the United States after each decennial census or six months after the appointment of the commission by the county executive, whichever is later, the commission shall file with the county clerk and with the office or officer charged with conducting elections in the county a final statement of the numbers and the boundaries of the districts together with a map of the districts. The final statement must receive the affirmative vote of a majority plus one of all the members. At the next general election held at least nine months after the statement is filed and at general elections thereafter councilmen shall be elected according to such districts until a reapportionment is made as herein provided, but no reapportionment shall shorten the term of any councilman.

Section 2.040. The members of the council shall be elected by the qualified voters of the respective districts for terms of four years commencing on the first day of January following their election. The members from the even numbered districts shall be elected at the general election in the year one thousand nine hundred eighty and the members from the odd numbered districts shall be elected at the general election in the year one thousand nine hundred eighty two and so on at succeeding general elections.

Section 2.050. The council at its first regular meeting in every calendar year shall select from its members a chairman and vice-chairman whose term of office shall be for one year. In the absence of the chairman and vice-chairman, the council shall select from its members a presiding officer who shall perform all of the duties of the chairman during the absence of the chairman and vice-chairman.

Section 2.060. The council shall hold regular meetings as may be fixed by ordinance, but not less than forty-eight regular weekly meetings in each calendar year. All regular and special meetings of the council shall be held at the seat of government and shall be open to the public.

Section 2.070. The council shall determine its own rules and order of business and shall keep a journal of its proceedings. The council shall be the judge of the qualifications of its members. A majority of the members of the council shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number present at any meeting may adjourn from day to day or to a certain day and may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as the council may by ordinance provide.

Section 2.080. Ordinances and resolutions shall be introduced by a member or members of the council or by the council as a whole, and shall be in written or printed form. The enacting clause of all ordinances passed by the council shall be, "Be it Ordained by the County Council of St. Louis County, Missouri." An affirmative vote by a majority of all members of the council shall be necessary to pass any ordinance or resolution except as otherwise provided in this charter. On the final passage of any ordinance or resolution the yeas and nays shall be entered by name on the journal, and at the request of any one member, the yeas and nays on any other question shall be so entered. All ordinances, resolutions, orders and proceedings of the council shall be public records and shall be kept in bound form and available for public examination.

Section 2.090. No ordinance shall be revived or reenacted by mere reference to the title thereof, but the same shall be set forth at length. No Section or sections of any ordinance shall be amended unless the section or sections amended shall be set forth in full as amended.

Section 2.100. All ordinances shall be read at least once in open session of the council either in their entirety or by title. Without consent of all members, no final vote shall be taken on the passage thereof until the expiration of at least fourteen days from the time that such ordinance was first introduced. An ordinance which has been introduced may be amended after introduction and prior to its final passage, but any amendment must be germane to the original purpose of the ordinance.

Section 2.110. All ordinances passed by the council shall within five days thereafter be presented to the county executive and within fifteen days after presentation he shall return them to the council endorsed with his approval or accompanied by his objections. Upon approval by the county executive, an ordinance shall be deemed enacted. Ordinances presented to the county executive and returned with his objections may be reconsidered by the council. The objections of the county executive shall be entered upon the journal of the council and it shall proceed at its convenience to consider the question pending, which shall be in this form: Shall the ordinance pass, the objections of the County Executive thereto notwithstanding?" The vote upon this question shall be taken by yeas and nays and if two-thirds of all members of the council vote in the affirmative, the ordinance shall be deemed enacted. Whenever the county executive shall fail within fifteen days to return an ordinance presented to him, the ordinance shall be deemed enacted.

Section 2.120. Except as otherwise provided in this charter all ordinances shall take effect at the expiration of fifteen days after the date of enactment, unless a later date therefor be fixed therein. Ordinances relating to the following subjects shall take effect immediately upon enactment:

1. Calling an election or providing for the submission of any proposal to the people;

2. Appropriations for the support of the county government and the payment of principal and interest on the county's debts;

3. Borrowing of funds in anticipation of taxes; directing the issuance of bonds previously authorized at an election;

4. Fixing tax rates;

5. Amendments to the zoning ordinance.

Section 2.130. To meet a public emergency affecting the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, safety and welfare the council may adopt emergency ordinances. An emergency ordinance shall be introduced in the form and manner prescribed for ordinances generally, except that it shall be plainly designated as an emergency ordinance and shall contain in the body of the ordinance a declaration that an emergency exists and shall set forth the facts in clear and specific terms to support the declaration. If at least two-thirds of all members of the council vote in the affirmative then the ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its enactment but if only a majority vote in the affirmative it shall take effect at the expiration of fifteen days after its enactment.

Section 2.140. 1. Each member of the council shall receive an annual salary of eleven thousand dollars payable monthly. After the effective date, the compensation of the members of the council shall be subject to change by ordinance adopted by the council with the affirmative vote of at least five members. An ordinance establishing the salary of the council presented to the county executive and returned with his objections may be reconsidered by the council; if at least six members of the council vote in the affirmative, the ordinance shall be deemed enacted. The salary of members of the council shall be fixed at least ten months prior to the election of the council and shall not be increased or diminished during any term in office, and further provided that no such change in salary shall become effective prior to January 1, 1983 nor prior to two years after the effective date of the last preceding change in salary. The chairman shall receive an additional salary, while chairman, in an amount equal to twenty-five percent of the salary of a member of the council. Provision shall be made in the current expense budget submitted each year by the county executive in such amount as may be required to finance the salaries provided for in this section or by an ordinance enacted pursuant to this section.

2. The members of the county council shall not receive an expense allowance, but shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary lawful expenses as defined by ordinance incurred in performance of their duties required by law and this charter when such expenses are supported by invoices, receipts, or other evidence showing the nature and purpose of the expenses.

3. The effective date of the provisions of subsections 1 and 2 of this Section 2.140 shall be January 1, 1981 for Council Districts 2,4 and 6 and January 1, 1983 for Council Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7.

4. If any member of the council is absent from more than four consecutive regular meetings of the council, unless excused by resolution of the council, the member's office shall be forfeited.

Section 2.150. Any vacancy occurring in the council shall be filled at the next general or special election called in accordance with statute. Nominations for election to fill a vacancy shall be made in accordance with statute by the committee men and committee women of each of the two parties casting the highest vote for governor in the last election whose townships lie in whole or in part within the council district wherein the vacancy exists. Any person nominated and elected must have the same qualifications otherwise established in this charter for the office. Upon certification of the results of the election by the office or officer charged with conducting elections in the county the winner of the election shall take office immediately and shall hold office for the unexpired term.

Section 2.160. Any member of the council who moves his residence from the district in which he was elected or appointed shall forfeit his office unless he moves from the district in which he was elected or appointed to a district bearing the same number and established by reapportionment. No member shall forfeit his office by reason of any change in the boundary line of his district made by reapportionment.

Section 2.170. No member of the council shall hold any other office or employment under the United States, the State of Missouri, or any municipality or political subdivision thereof. When any member accepts any such office or employment, his office as member of the council shall thereby be vacated. This section shall not apply to members of the organized militia, of the military reserve corps and notaries public.