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A. The Presiding Officer shall preside at Assembly meetings.

B. The Deputy Presiding Officer shall preside if the Presiding Officer is not present.

C. The finance chair shall preside if the Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officer are not present.

D. The finance vice chair shall preside if the Presiding Officer, Deputy Presiding Officer, and the finance chair are not present.

E. The Presiding Officer shall be a voting member of the Assembly with all of the powers and duties of that office.

F. The Presiding Officer shall:

1. Call the Assembly to order at the time appointed for the meeting;

2. Ascertain the presence of a quorum;

3. Cause the journal or minutes of the preceding meeting to be considered and approved by the Assembly;

4. Lay before the Assembly its business;

5. Receive business proposed by the Mayor or by Assemblymembers and place the business before the Assembly;

6. Place the question before the Assembly and announce the results;

7. Interpret and apply these rules and decide all questions of order. A determination by the Presiding Officer regarding questions of order or interpretations or application of these rules shall be final, subject to an appeal of an Assemblymember to the Assembly. An Assemblymember may appeal by moving to appeal the decision of the chair prior to commencement of the vote on the main motion under consideration, and if none, prior to commencement of action on the next item of business on the agenda. The motion to appeal shall have priority over all other motions except the motion to adjourn, and shall be considered and decided immediately. The motion shall carry if it receives a majority vote as defined in FNSBC 3.16.020(G), and shall result in the reversal of the ruling of the Presiding Officer. If the motion fails to receive a majority vote, the Presiding Officer’s decision shall stand;

8. Preserve order and decorum at all times;

9. Inform the Assembly, when necessary or when any question is raised, of a point of order or practice pertinent to the pending business;

10. Sign and authenticate all ordinances and resolutions of the Assembly;

11. Enter into written or verbal agreements with the Mayor, on matters of a substantial nature or relating to administration involving both the Assembly and the Mayor, with the approval of the majority of the Assembly obtained during a regular Assembly meeting or special Assembly meeting called for that purpose;

12. Perform other duties required for the orderly conduct of the Assembly’s business. (Ord. 2023-13 § 2, 2023; Ord. 2022-46 § 2, 2023; Ord. 2019-09 § 2, 2019; amended during 2016 republication; amended during 1993 republication; Ord. 90-002 § 2, 1990; Ord. 86-035 § 2, 1986. 2004 Code § 2.09.020.)