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We are seeking an amendment to an ordinance that is coming before our city council for a second reading. We are now being told that measures are not amendable at second reading -- that they may only be voted up or down. Is this true?


RONR does not prohibit it - but as noted, RONR also doesn't require a second reading. You should check to see what your council's rules require.


The multiple reading requirement is from Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure and amendments are permitted on second reading. 


Mason's is generally used in state legislatures and is unlikely to be the parliamentary authority for a city council. Discussing the rules of Mason's Manual is also beyond the scope of this forum.

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