Ordinances & Resolutions FAQ 2

Does state law require that ordinances be read a certain number of times before they are voted on?

No. There is no state law that governs the reading of ordinances prior to their being voted on by the governing body. However, many municipalities have local rules of procedure that require a certain number of readings. Local rules of procedure can often be waived by a requisite number of governing body members. Because any requirement that ordinances be given a certain number of readings is local in nature, it can be modified or eliminated if the governing body desires.

(rev. 12/21)