Government Operations Committee

Regular Meeting Notes – Draft 1-11-17

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 3:30 PM

Legislature Chambers

 

Attendance

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Daniel Klein

Chair

Present

 

Will Burbank

Vice Chair

Present

 

Dooley Kiefer

Member

Late

4:38 PM

Rich John

Member

Present

 

Carol Chock

Member

Present

 

Catherine Covert

Clerk of the Legislature

Present

 

Joe Mareane

County Administrator

Present

 

Jay Franklin

Director of Assessment

Present

 

Loren Cottrell

Deputy ITS Director

Present

 

Marcia Lynch

Public Info. Officer, County Administration

Present

 

Peter Stein

Legislator

Present

 

Paula Younger

Deputy County Administrator

Present

 

Sarah Cantatore

Compliance Officer

Present

 

Jonathan Wood

Tompkins County Attorney

Present

 

Alanna Congdon

Deputy County Clerk

Present

 

Maureen Reynolds

County Clerk

Present

 

 

Guests:  Paul Mazzarella, Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services Executive Director, Press

 

Call to Order

              Mr. Klein, Chair, called the meeting to order at 3:33 p.m.

Changes to Agenda

              The Committee agreed to add a transfer to the agenda submitted by the Department of Administration.

 

              Mr. Klein noted there have been a number of proposals for amending the Rules of the Legislature distributed for the Committee to discuss.

Comments from the Public

              There was no member of the public present.

Minutes Approval

              December 7, 2016

RESULT:              ACCEPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Rich John, Member

SECONDER:              Carol Chock, Member

AYES:              Klein, Burbank, John, Chock

EXCUSED:              Kiefer

New Agenda Topics

              Mr. Chock asked about proposed the agenda topics to be discussed in 2017.  Mr. Klein said Ms. Kiefer had also made that suggestion and he asked that Committee members to bring ideas to the first meeting of the Government Operations Committee.

 

              Mr. Klein also commented that adjustments to the lighting in the Chambers have been made and Committee members were asked to provide feedback to Mrs. Covert. 

Information Technology Services

              WIFI Access in County Buildings

              Mr. Cottrell spoke about wireless internet for public access.  He provided a brief overview of the County’s history for internet service and said there are only a few access points for wireless internet in County facilities for public access with the Legislature Chambers being one location.  The other two locations are the Old Jail and Public Health with limited availability. 

 

              He explained one of the concerns with public access is the security of the County's network.  This month there will be a number of upgrades with the network in both uptown and downtown.  The upgrades will pave the way to segregate the traffic from the public wireless to the main network.  Another concern with public access is the bandwidth.  There are a number of crucial applications from the public safety community and if the bandwidth is significantly reduced it creates problems with employees being able to connect to the County’s network.

 

              He further explained why passwords for the wireless internet are not publicly posted as there have been issues with people connecting from inside and outside the building using personal phones, laptops, etc.   He said there have been times when problems or complaints have been received about bandwidth issues and it then becomes necessary for staff to identify where the problem is coming from. 

 

              Mr. Cottrell said they continue to explore solutions for supporting wireless internet for public access.  He said if the County is interested in pursuing this, one recommendation would be to have a provider that offers the service and the bandwidth dedicated for that purpose.  The cost of that would be approximately $250-$500 per month. 

 

              Discussion followed and Committee members spoke of their interest to offer wireless internet for the public to access.  Mr. Cottrell suggested and the Committee agreed to have a report back following the upgrades to the network that will be done over the next couple of months and to present options including the costs to have wireless access for all County facilities and at only public assembly areas such as the Old Jail Conference Room, Legislature Chambers, etc. 

Assessment

Resolution No.  - Authorizing a Public Hearing on Proposed Local Law No. ___ of 2017 – A Local Law Enacting the New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 458-a (10) - Operation Graphic Hand Exemption (ID #6779)

              Mr. Franklin said that when new State legislation affects Real Property Taxation, he brings it to the Committee’s attention prior to sending it to the local towns and school districts for consideration.  He explained this Alternative Veterans Exemption - Operation Graphic Hand and said in 1970 President Nixon called up 28,100 active and reserve personnel to deliver mail within New York City in response to a postal strike during the period March 23-April 4.  If the County adopts this exemption, the reservists who delivered mail during this period would receive the benefit (15% of their assessment up to a maximum of $15,000). 

 

              Following a brief discussion, Committee members present did not wish to support this exemption.

RESULT:              NO ACTION TAKEN- FINAL

              WHEREAS, the County wishes to recognize veterans who served our country, and

 

WHEREAS, the New York State Legislature has passed a new sub section of the Real Property Tax Law to allow for such an exemption, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committees, That a public hearing be held before the Tompkins County Legislature in the Legislative Chambers of the Governor Daniel D Tompkins Buildings, 121 East Court Street, Ithaca, New York, on February 7, 2017, at 5:30 o'clock in the evening thereof concerning proposed Local Law No. ___ of 2017 - A Local Law Enacting the New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 458-a (10) - Operation Graphic Hand Exemption.    At such time and place all persons interested in the subject matter will be heard concerning the same,

 

              RESOLVED, further, That the Clerk of the Legislature is hereby authorized and directed to place proper notice of such public hearing in the official newspaper of the County. 

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Resolution No.  - Adoption of Local Law No. ___ of 2017 -  A Local Law Enacting the New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 458-a (10) - Operation Graphic Hand Exemption (ID #6780)

RESULT:              NO ACTION TAKEN- FINAL

WHEREAS, the Tompkins County Legislature wishes to recognize veterans, and

 

WHEREAS, the New York State Legislature has recently adopted an exemption to allow for an alternative veterans exemption for reservists who were called to duty for Operation Graphic Hand, and

 

WHEREAS, a public hearing was held by the Tompkins County Legislature on February 7, 2017, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That proposed Local Law No. ___ of 2017 - A Local Law Enacting the New York State Real Property Tax Law Section 458-a (10) - Operation Graphic Hand Exemption is hereby adopted,

 

RESOLVED  That the Clerk of the Legislature shall publish in the official newspaper of the County a notice of adoption containing a synopsis of said local law and shall within twenty days file one certified copy in the Office of the County Clerk, and one copy with the Secretary of State.

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              City's residential PILOT proposal

              Mr. Franklin distributed a memorandum explaining Municipally Granted Exemptions.  There are over 200 real property tax exemptions that have been authorized by New York State and the federal government.  The memorandum also outlined the Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) PILOT proposal and the plan to refinance their debt on the majority (if not all) of the rental housing that it owns in the City of Ithaca.  INHS would then pay 12% of the Net Income or a minimum base payment of $58.837 (County share of $10,572). 

 

Mr. Franklin further explained there are some municipal exemptions the Assessment Department has not been made aware of making it difficult for administering purposes.  These types of exemptions are billed by the enabling taxing jurisdiction and they have not always historically been billed.  The Department is updating its records and adding these PILOT projects to its current process.  He said he would like to have his Department act as the central office to ensure the PILOTs are billed correctly. 

 

              Budget Adjustments (ID #6778)

RESULT:              COMPLETED

 

              County’s Foreclosure Procedures

              This is in response to a comment made by Ms. Kiefer at a previous Government Operations Committee meeting concerning the County’s foreclosure process relating to a specific parcel (1284 Taughannock Boulevard, Town of Ulysses) near the Black Diamond Trail.  The property was withheld from auction to try to sell to the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC); however, DEC could not purchase it because of a title problem.   

 

              Staff looked into this and Mr. Franklin said this action is not related to the County’s foreclosure process.  It is a result of records not always being complete based upon what information is filed with deeds and in this instance there is approximately two acres that the Assessment Department believes was omitted from prior deeds dating back to the 1800s.  The Department added that acreage to this parcel and when it was foreclosed it included a total parcel of 4.6 acres.  When DEC did a title search it did not include all of the acres. 

 

              Mr. Wood said the County has been trying to sell this parcel for some time.  The State is claiming there is an issue with the title; he does not believe that to be the case.  He said there is nothing more the County can do about the title, but it is his opinion, the County owns the 4.6 acre parcel. 

 

              Mr. Klein said the purpose of including this topic on the agenda was to see if there was something with the County’s process that could be changed, but there is not.  He noted the Town of Ulysses is considering purchasing this parcel. 

 

              Mr. Wood said the County could sell the property in auction with a quitclaim deed as has been done with other properties.  The only issue that could arise is the restrictions the Town has put on development in terms of what the value of the property might be. 

County Clerk

Resolution No.  - To Amend Resolution No. 2016-6 of January 5, 2016 - Determination and Certification of County Clerk’s Allowance - Annual Expenses for Administering Mortgage Tax (ID #6784)

              Ms. Chock suggested and the Committee agreed to add “in addition” to the last Whereas.

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Rich John, Member

SECONDER:              Carol Chock, Member

AYES:              Klein, Burbank, John, Chock

EXCUSED:              Kiefer

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 262 of the Tax Law, recording officers and treasurers are entitled to receive all their necessary expenses for purposes of administering mortgage taxes in their offices on approval and allowance by the New York State Tax Commission, and

          

WHEREAS, the State Tax Commission, by resolution duly adopted July 1, 1946, did determine that such mortgage tax expenses be approved at the amount certified to the State Tax Commission by County Board of Representatives [Tompkins County Legislature] provided it is a reasonable and necessary allowance for such expenses, and

 

WHEREAS, the County Clerk has conducted a cost analysis and has recommended that the allowance for mortgage tax expenses be increased from $265,300 per annum to $277,478 per annum, and

 

WHEREAS, in addition, the Finance Director has conducted a cost analysis and has recommended that the allowance for the treasurer’s expense for administering the mortgage tax be set at $15,000 per annum (unchanged), now therefore be it

 

        RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the sum of $277,478 per annum be, and the same hereby is, determined as a reasonable and necessary allowance of the Tompkins County Clerk, the recording officer of the County of Tompkins, for the hire of clerks and assistants and other expenses to assist in the administration of the mortgage recording tax law in her office, and that the sum of $15,000 per annum be, and the same hereby is, determined as a reasonable and necessary allowance of the Tompkins County Finance Director, to assist in the administration of the mortgage tax funds, and that said sum of $292,478 is hereby certified to the State Tax Commission as the reasonable and necessary allowance for such expenses,

 

RESOLVED, further, That the Clerk of the Legislature is hereby directed to send a certified copy of this resolution, with her original signature thereon, to the State Tax Commission,

 

RESOLVED, further, That this resolution shall take effect immediately.

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              Budget Adjustments - County Clerk (ID #6773)

RESULT:              COMPLETED

Administration

              "Informational--County Administrator's Draft 2017 Goals and Priorities, and Annotated 2016 Goals and Priorities" (ID #6783)

              Mr. Mareane reviewed in detail as distributed with the agenda his draft 2017 Goals and Priorities, and Annotated 2016 Goals and Priorities.

 

              Ms. Chock asked if as items come up through the year, if there was a way to incorporate them.  Mr. Mareane said there is latitude and flexibility and that as things come up they will be recognized and accommodated.  

 

              Ms. Kiefer arrived at this time.

 

              Following a brief discussion, Mr. Mareane said this is a draft document and that he is open to suggestions and encouraged Committee members to send him suggestions. 

 

              2016 Budget Transfer (ID #6789)

RESULT:              COMPLETED

Finance Department

              Report - Credit Card Payments for Taxes

Mr. Klein responded to questions raised on this issue on behalf of Mr. Snyder.  One question was concerning the use of RFPs (Request for Proposals) and Mr. Snyder said that if the County were to use an existing vendor for a credit card service then an RFP is not necessary.  The question related to additional fees, Mr. Snyder said again if the County uses an existing vendor there would be no additional fees. 

 

Mr. Burbank said important information that would be learned through an RFP is the charge that would be applied to the individual using a credit card. 

Legislature

Advisory Board Appointment(s) (ID #6781)

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Carol Chock, Member

SECONDER:              Will Burbank, Vice Chair

AYES:              Klein, Burbank, Kiefer, John, Chock

 

Library Board of Trustees - terms expire December 31, 2018

Ingrid Jensen

Nina Miller

 

Resolution No.  - Adoption of List of Designated Officers and Employees Required to File an Annual Financial Disclosure Form (ID #6786)

              Ms. Kiefer questioned whether the new position for the Weights and Measures Department should be added to the list of “key employees”.  Following a brief discussion, Committee members did not believe that was necessary.

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Will Burbank, Vice Chair

SECONDER:              Rich John, Member

AYES:              Klein, Burbank, Kiefer, John, Chock

WHEREAS, State Law requires employees "who hold policy-making positions, as annually determined by" the County to fill out financial disclosure forms, and

 

              WHEREAS, pursuant to Local Law No. 2 of 1997 and Administrative Manual Policy 01-29, Standards of Conduct, "key employees" shall be determined by separate resolution of the Tompkins County Legislature, and

 

              WHEREAS, the list of "key employees" required to file the annual financial disclosure form has been updated, now therefore be it

 

              RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the following list of designated officers and employees required to fill out the annual financial disclosure form be adopted:

 

Title              Department/Division                                         

Contracts Coordinator              Administration

County Administrator              Administration

Deputy County Administrator              Administration

Airport Manager              Airport

Assistant Airport Manager              Airport

Director of Assessment              Assessment

Assistant Director of Assessment              Assessment

Valuation Specialists (2)              Assessment

Real Property Appraiser (2)              Assessment

Senior Valuation Specialist (1)              Assessment

Assistant Real Property Appraiser (1)              Assessment

Supervising Attorney              Assigned Counsel

Program Coordinator              Assigned Counsel

Elections Commissioner (2)              Board of Elections

Deputy Elections Commissioner (2)              Board of Elections

Director, Office for the Aging              Office for the Aging

Aging Services Specialist              Office for the Aging

NY Connects Coordinator              Office for the Aging

County Attorney              County Attorney

Deputy County Attorney              County Attorney

County Clerk              County Clerk

Deputy County Clerk              County Clerk

District Attorney              District Attorney

Deputy District Attorney              District Attorney

Director, Emergency Response              Emergency Response

Communications Center Manager              Emergency Response

Assistant Director (3)              Emergency Response

Director of Facilities              Facilities

Assistant Director of Facilities              Facilities

Director of Finance              Finance

Deputy Director of Finance              Finance

Treasury Manager              Finance

Public Health Director              Health

Public Health Administrator              Health

Highway Director              Highway

Assistant Highway Director              Highway

Director of Human Rights              Human Rights

Director, Information Technology Services              Information Technology Services

Deputy Director, Information Technology Serv.               Information Technology Services

Clerk of the Legislature              Legislature

Chief Deputy Clerk of the Legislature              Legislature

Legislators (14)              Legislature

Commissioner of Mental Health              Mental Health

Deputy Commissioner of Mental Health              Mental Health

Commissioner of Personnel              Personnel

Deputy Commissioner of Personnel              Personnel

Commissioner of Planning              Planning

Deputy Commissioner of Planning              Planning

Probation Director II              Probation and Community Justice

Deputy Director of Probation              Probation and Community Justice

Sheriff              Sheriff

Undersheriff              Sheriff

Captain of Corrections               Sheriff

Captain of Road Patrol              Sheriff

Commissioner of Social Services               Social Services

Deputy Social Services Commissioner              Social Services

Director of Services               Social Services

Director of Administrative Services              Social Services

Program Development Specialist               Social Services

Solid Waste Manager              Solid Waste

Assistant Solid Waste Manager              Solid Waste

Director of Weights and Measures              Weights and Measures

Employment and Training Director              Workforce Development

Workforce Development Director              Workforce Development

Youth Services Director              Youth Services

Administrative Assistant              Youth Services

 

RESOLVED, further, That should additional successors need to fill a position that they be asked to fill out an Annual Financial Disclosure form at that time.

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Reports

              Committee Chair

              Mr. Klein had no report.

             

              County Administrator

              Mr. Mareane had no report.             

 

              Ms. Kiefer asked if there is any new information concerning the Tompkins Trust building.  Mr. Mareane said he expects a verbal report in approximately two weeks followed with a written report in a month or so. 

 

              County Attorney

              Mr. Wood had no report.

 

              Director of Finance

              Mr. Snyder was not present.

 

              Public Information Officer

              Ms. Lynch had no report.

Legislature (continued)

              Other Business

              Ms. Kiefer commented that as this Committee is responsible for recommending the Legislature’s meeting dates, there are two dates that were on the schedule and conflict with Common Council’s meetings.  She asked if the Committee should reconsider the Legislature’s schedule. 

 

              Following a brief discussion, Mr. Klein said he would raise this concern with other Legislators to see how they would like to address it.

 

Resolution No.  - Amendment to Rule IV - Order of Business (5) Privilege of the Floor - Rules of the Tompkins County Legislature and Functions of Committees (ID #6798)

              Mr. Stein explained his proposal and said the intent of it is that it applies only to Privilege of the Floor for Legislators during a scheduled Legislature meeting.  It is his experience that there are times there should be rules that do not have exceptions and is how Robert’s Rules is laid out. 

 

              Mr. Burbank believes that what the Committee was looking for was something between what is currently in place and some restraints.  He would like to have a mechanism where a Legislator could be accommodated if there is a compelling need to speak for more than three minutes. 

 

              Ms. Chock spoke of her concern with the mechanism included in other proposals with four members of the Legislature agreeing that the time limit can be extended for a Legislator speaking under Privilege of the Floor as it can be a popularity contest.  She also is unsure about allowing a Legislator to speak only once as there may be times when somebody else speaks that an opportunity should be provided for another viewpoint to be expressed.

 

              Ms. Chock also referenced a draft proposal she prepared that takes this discussion in a different direction and will speak to it at the appropriate time.

 

              Ms. Kiefer spoke in opposition to Mr. Stein’s proposal and believes that having a blanket rule that a Legislator can only speak once is unrealistic.

 

              Mr. John reminded the Committee that Privilege of the Floor is not general debate; it’s a privilege.  He said he supports this proposal or the proposal with a mechanism that would allow an exception.

 

              Following discussion, it was MOVED by Ms. Kiefer, seconded by Ms. Chock, and unanimously adopted by voice vote, to amend the resolution as follows:

 

Strike:

“During the “Privilege of the Floor for Legislators” section of a scheduled Legislature meeting, each Legislator may only speak once and for no longer than three minutes.”

 

and replace with:

             

“A Legislator shall limit remarks during Legislators’ Privilege of the Floor to three minutes, in order to match the amount of time accorded to members of the public who address the Legislature during Public Privilege of the Floor.  A speaker's three-minute limit may be extended at the Chair’s discretion, e.g., if several topics are addressed without repetition.”

 

Following further discussion, Ms. Chock believes the issue is lack of clarity about what it takes to do this job.  She supports giving more time to a Legislator and trying it on a voluntary basis.

 

The following is the vote result on the resolution as amended.

RESULT:              RECOMMENDED [4 TO 1]

MOVER:              Rich John, Member

SECONDER:              Will Burbank, Vice Chair

AYES:              Klein, Burbank, Kiefer, John

NAYS:              Chock

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the following change to the Rules of the Legislature be adopted:

 

Amend Rule IV - Order of Business (5) Privilege of the Floor, to add the following provision: 

 

A Legislator shall limit remarks during Legislators’ Privilege of the Floor to three minutes, in order to match the amount of time accorded to members of the public who address the Legislature during Public Privilege of the Floor.  A speaker's three-minute limit may be extended at the Chair’s discretion, e.g., if several topics are addressed without repetition.

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Resolution No.  - Amendments to the Rules of the Tompkins County Legislature and Functions of Committees (ID #6730)

RESULT:              NO ACTION TAKEN              Next: 2/1/2017 3:30 PM

WHEREAS, for the citizens of Tompkins County, the Legislature serves as a reflection of the County government as a whole, and

 

WHEREAS, the Legislature seeks to demonstrate smooth and efficient governance as a measure of its competence as a body to conduct the people’s business, and

 

WHEREAS, the smooth and efficient function of the Legislature is, in fact, a necessary requirement for good governance of the County, and

 

WHEREAS, the Legislature should continually examine its policies and practices to ensure it is operating within rules for Legislators to speak in support of, or opposition to, the matters before the Legislature, to engage in debate, and providing opportunities for each Legislator to be heard on issues of importance to them, but also support the management of the business of the County to be conducted in a reasonable length of time, and 

 

WHEREAS, the Legislature has adopted rules for the conduct of its business, modeled on Roberts Rules of Order, where the method and manner of speaking by the Legislators is governed, now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the following changes to the Rules of the Legislature be adopted:

 

Amend Rule IV - Order of Business, to add a sentence after the list of business items to read as follows:

 

The written order of business at each session shall include the anticipated periods of time allotted for items on the agenda to provide a guide to the Legislators as to how much discussion may be appropriate.

 

Amend Rule IV - Order of Business, to move the Legislators’ Privilege of the Floor to a position after approval of the Minutes of the Previous Meeting and before Adjournment of the meeting. 

 

Amend Rule IV - Order of Business (4) Announcements of Executive Sessions, Reordering of Business, and Special Orders of the Day, to add the following provision: 

 

Notice of events may be given in writing to the Chair, to be read as a part of the Chair’s Report, if a Legislator wants to have something announced at the beginning of the Meeting. A Legislator may also make such announcements at Legislators’ Privilege of the Floor.

 

Amend Rule IV - Order of Business (5) Privilege of the Floor, to add the following provision: 

 

A Legislator shall be allowed to speak during Legislators’ Privilege of the Floor for three minutes, in order to match the amount of time accorded to members of the public who address the Legislature in the Public Privilege of the Floor of the Legislative meetings.  A speakers three minute limit may be extended for an additional three minutes by the consent vote of four or more Legislators to extend. 

 

Amend Rule V - Order and Decorum, to add the following provisions: 

 

a.              During debate on a motion, the Chair shall have authority to limit debate on a motion to a designated time per speaker, subject to a vote to remove the limit by a vote of four or more Legislators.

b.              During debate on a motion, the Chair shall have authority to stop a Legislator from speaking after exhausting his or her allotted time for debate, or speaking on topics outside of the agenda.

 

Amend Rule VI - Motions and Their Procedure, to add the following provisions: 

 

a.              At the presentation of a written motion, the mover shall be required to indicate whether the version of the proposed motion has been updated to include spelling corrections, grammatical or syntax changes, as compared to what is included in the Agenda for the Legislative Meeting so it is clear which motion is being considered.  No spelling corrections, grammatical or syntax changes may be considered during the debate on the motion.  If not included in a modified version presented prior to the Meeting, spelling corrections, and grammatical and syntax changes shall be treated as manifest error to be addressed with the Clerk after the conclusion of the Legislature meeting. 

b.              During debate on a motion, Legislators shall commence comments by stating their position either in support of or opposition to the proposal on the floor. 

c.              During debate on a motion, it shall be the policy of the Legislature for speakers in support and opposition to the proposal on the floor to alternate speaking.  At commencement of debate, the Chair shall call for a show of hands of those who wish to speak in support and opposition at the opening of debate on an issue. 

d.              During debate on a motion, it shall be the policy of the Legislature for speakers to indicate agreement with a prior speaker, rather than stating the same points again.

e.              During debate on a motion, it shall be the policy of the Legislature for speakers to speak once on a motion before all other Legislators have had an opportunity to speak.

 

Amend Rule VII - Rules of Voting, to include a new subsection ten as follows: 

 

(10) Legislators shall not explain the reasons for their vote during voting.  Legislators shall be allowed to e-mail the Clerk with reasons for particular votes to go on the record in the notes to the Minutes of the Meeting. 

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Resolution No.  - Amendment to Rule IV - Order of Business (5) Privilege of the Floor - Rules of the Tompkins County Legislature and Functions of Committees (ID #6768)

RESULT:              NO ACTION TAKEN              Next: 2/1/2017 3:30 PM

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Government Operations Committee, That the following change to the Rules of the Legislature be adopted:

 

Amend Rule IV - Order of Business (5) Privilege of the Floor, to add the following provision: 

 

Legislators are encouraged to limit Legislators’ Privilege of the Floor to three minutes, in order to match the amount of time accorded to members of the public who address the Legislature in the Public Privilege of the Floor of the Legislative meetings.

 

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Adjournment

              The meeting adjourned at 5:34 p.m.