Board Bills, Resolutions, and Ordinances

How a Bill becomes an Ordinance and is adopted into the City Revised Code.

Board Bills

Legislation is introduced by Aldermen in the form of a Board Bill. After being read before the entire board, Bills are sent to a committee for study and recommendation. If the Board Bill makes it out of committee, it is sent back to the entire Board of Aldermen for perfection and final passage. Approved Bills are then sent to the Mayor for signature or veto. Learn more about board bills.

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Resolutions are usually for two purposes. First, resolutions are used to express consensus on matters of public policy. BOA members routinely deliver criticism or support on a broad range of social issues, legal rights, court opinions, and even decisions. Through policy resolutions, resolutions are also passed for internal, administrative purposes. Resolutions are not laws;they differ fundamentally in their purpose. However, under certain circumstances resolutions can have the effect of law. Learn more about resolutions

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After a Bill is adopted by the Board of Aldermen and signed by the Mayor, it becomes a City Ordinance.

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City Code and Revised Code

Ordinances which are compiled in the Code are organized according to topic (i.e. Personnel, Administration, Health and Hospitals, etc). Ordinances related to neighborhood redevelopment projects, traffic regulations and street closings do not appear in the Code.

Although ordinances are adopted throughout the year, the Code is only updated twice a year. The Revised Code of the City of St. Louis is a compilation of ordinances which are generally enforceable throughout the city. Recent amendments to the code can only be determined by a search of the ordinances adopted during the six months prior to your search.

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