Each proposed ordinance shall be introduced in writing by a member of the Council, and, in addition to the title, shall contain an opening clause substantially reading as follows, “Be it ordained by the Council of the City of Lebanon, Ohio.” The action proposed to be taken shall be fully and clearly set forth in the body of the ordinance. Each ordinance shall contain one subject only, which shall be clearly stated in the title. No ordinance shall be passed without the concurrence of a majority of all the members elected to Council, except that emergency ordinances, as hereinafter provided, shall require concurrence of five (5) members elected to Council for passage. Absent a declaration of emergency, the title of every ordinance shall be read aloud at a regular or special meeting of Council on two different days before passage of the ordinance, but the ordinance may be passed at the same meeting during which the second reading takes place. If an emergency is declared as hereinafter provided, or if by a vote of five (5) members elected to council the reading on two different days is dispensed with, the title of the ordinance may be read one time and passed on the day of such reading. Final passage of all ordinances and resolutions shall be certified by the Mayor or Vice Mayor and the Clerk of Council. No ordinance passed by this Council before the effective date of this section shall be declared invalid, ineffective, or unenforceable for the sole reason that only the title was read, or it was not otherwise “fully and distinctly read” in full, whether once or twice, as set forth in the prior section 3.02 of this Charter.
(Amended 11-6-01)