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(A) Proposed Legislation. Each proposed ordinance or resolution shall be introduced in writing and the adoption, effective date, revision, amendment and signing thereof shall be as provided by the laws of Ohio, except as otherwise provided by this Charter or, where not so otherwise provided by this Charter, then, as Council may provide otherwise by ordinance or resolution. Nevertheless, where this Charter or Council may not be contrary to Ohio law as it relates to adoption, effective date, revision, amendment or signing of ordinances or resolutions, due to the subject matter, as determined in case law by a court of competent jurisdiction, it shall be as provided by the laws of Ohio.
(B) Law Department Review. Every ordinance and resolution shall be reviewed by the City's Department of Law before its enactment.
(C) Passage Requirements. Except as may otherwise be provided in this Charter, ordinances, resolutions, motions or other actions, except procedural matters, shall be valid and effective when enacted or passed by the affirmative vote of a majority of the current members of Council. Each ordinance and resolution shall be read on three (3) separate days, unless this requirement is dispensed with by an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the current members of Council. Readings shall be by title only, unless the Council requires readings be taken in full by an affirmative vote of its members. Council may suspend any rule requiring three (3) readings of any matter by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the current members of Council. Council may pass an ordinance or resolution as an emergency measure by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the current members of Council. Except as may otherwise be provided in this Charter, Council may take action upon any other procedural matter by the affirmative vote of a majority of those Council members present at the meeting. Motions may not be a substitute for an ordinance or resolution; however, the reverse is acceptable. Approval of appointments may be by motion. Removals may be by motion, regardless if the appointment was made in the form of an ordinance or resolution.
(D) Signature Requirement & Veto. Upon passage, every ordinance and resolution of Council shall be signed by the presiding officer and shall be presented promptly to the Mayor for his or her approval. If the Mayor approves the ordinance or resolution as presented, he or she shall sign it. If the Mayor does not approve the ordinance or resolution presented, in whole, he or she shall, during the same meeting when the ordinance or resolution was passed, veto such ordinance or resolution and during such meeting make a statement of his or her objections. Upon receipt of the Mayor's veto and objections, Council may reconsider its vote by approved motion utilizing any reconsideration process established. Upon reconsideration, if Council approves the ordinance or resolution by two-thirds (2/3) of the current members of Council, it shall take effect the same as if it had received the Mayor's approval and signature. In the event the Mayor is unable to attend a Council meeting where an ordinance or resolution is being considered for passage, and the Mayor has prior notice thereto, the Mayor may exercise his or her veto by filing the same in writing, along with his or her objections, with the Clerk of Council prior to the meeting. If the ordinance or resolution is passed, the Council Clerk shall present the written veto and objections to the presiding officer on the Mayor's behalf. The presentment of the same shall be treated as a valid veto and the procedure herebefore provided shall be followed as though the Mayor was present. In the event that the Mayor is absent from a Council meeting and an ordinance or resolution is presented for passage without prior notice to the Mayor, the Mayor shall be permitted ten (10) calendar days from the date of passage to exercise a veto which may be exercised in writing in the manner herebefore provided. The failure of the Mayor to strictly follow the veto procedure as contained herein shall constitute a complete waiver thereof and the ordinance or resolution shall stand enacted; moreover, the mere failure or refusal of the Mayor or presiding officer to sign an ordinance or resolution shall not invalidate the ordinance or resolution.
(E) Mayor's Order of Reconsideration. Upon failure of any ordinance or resolution, the Mayor may order a one (1) time reconsideration by Council, so long as such order is made at the same Council meeting when the ordinance or resolution failed. No motion is required of Council upon an order of reconsideration and, the Council shall immediately reconsider the proposed ordinance or resolution at that meeting.
(F) Publication of Legislation. All ordinances and resolutions shall be published one (1) time after passage in a newspaper of general circulation in the City, and/or Council may determine that publication shall be by other electronic media. Ordinances or resolutions containing words in excess of that number provided for by ordinance or resolution of Council may be published merely by summary. Council may establish criteria for what constitutes an adequate summary. In the event of the publication of ordinances or resolutions by summary, there shall be a notice in such publication that a copy of the complete ordinance or resolution is on file in the office of the Clerk of Council for inspection during business hours and that copies of such ordinance or resolution shall be furnished to any person, upon request, for a reasonable fee. The City Law Director shall review all proposed summary form publication for legal accuracy and sufficiency prior to publication. The Clerk of Council shall cause the ordinance or resolution to remain posted in the principal municipal building for a period not less than ten (10) calendar days immediately following the notice. Nothing in this Section shall be construed as to prohibit publication in accordance with the laws of Ohio; moreover, in the event there is no newspaper of general circulation in the City, or there are no electronic media available, Council may provide some other method of publication or giving notice of ordinances and resolutions, which may include, but not necessarily be limited to, posting copies in two (2) public places within the City.
(G) Publication in Book Form. When ordinances or resolutions are revised, codified, rearranged, published in book form, and certified as correct by the Clerk of Council and the Mayor, publication of a notice of such action shall be a sufficient publication. A new ordinance or resolution so published in book form, which has not been published as required by the laws of Ohio, this Charter, or as otherwise provided by Council, and which contains entirely new matter, shall be published as required by the laws of Ohio, this Charter, or as Council may provide. If such revision or codification is made by the City and contains new matter, it shall be a sufficient publication of such codification, including the new matter, to publish, in the manner allowed by this Charter, a notice of the enactment of such codifying ordinance or resolution, containing the title of the ordinance or resolution and a summary of the new matters covered by it. Revision and codification of ordinances and resolutions may be made under appropriate titles, chapters, and sections and in one (1) ordinance or resolution containing one (1) or more subjects.