How Laws Are Made

An idea for a new ordinance may originate from several different sources:

– A Councilman via his own initiative or citizen concern
– Parish Administration
– Response to State or Federal Actions

The ordinance is drafted by legal counsel, the Council Clerk, or a department head.

The proposed ordinance is introduced by the Council at a regular meeting.

A public hearing is held at the following regularly scheduled meeting of the Council allowing the public to comment on the proposed legislation.

After public hearing and discussions, the Council votes on the proposed ordinance.

The adopted ordinance is sent to the Parish Presidents office for signature within three calendar days after adoption, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Within ten calendar days after the president’s receipt of an ordinance, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and parish holidays, it shall be returned to the clerk of the council with the president’s approval, or with the president’s veto.

** To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or public safety, the council may adopt an emergency ordinance at the same meeting that it is introduced. **