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In a city council, the Mayor chairs the meeting and is a voting member of the body on all actions. He does not make or second motions.

1. May he step down as chair, let the mayor pro-tem chair the meeting, and thus make and second motions from the floor?

2. If the answer is "yes," may he resume chairmanship of the meeting at any point that he so requests?

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In a city council, the Mayor chairs the meeting and is a voting member of the body on all actions. He does not make or second motions.

1. May he step down as chair, let the mayor pro-tem chair the meeting, and thus make and second motions from the floor?

2. If the answer is "yes," may he resume chairmanship of the meeting at any point that he so requests?

"Does not make motions" or perhaps "Declines to make them, since he is the (impartial-?) presiding officer"?

1. RONR says "Yes" but he shouldn't do it often.

2. Not "at any point", but only after the issue is disposed of.

BUT... your city council rules may well vary from RONR's rules, so ask your lawyer what the law says about your procedural rules.

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In a city council, the Mayor chairs the meeting and is a voting member of the body on all actions. He does not make or second motions.

1. May he step down as chair, let the mayor pro-tem chair the meeting, and thus make and second motions from the floor?

2. If the answer is "yes," may he resume chairmanship of the meeting at any point that he so requests?

Per RONR, if the chair (typically the President) wishes to participate in the deliberation of (or making of) a motion, he should relinquish the chair to the highest ranking Vice President, or another person with the assembly's approval (by unanimous consent or by election). He should not re-assume the chair until after the question has been disposed of (adopted, defeated, postponed, referred, etc). (RONR 11th Ed. p. 396)

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