Council FAQ | Tangipahoa Parish Government

Tangipahoa Parish Council FAQ

When and where does the Parish Council meet?
The Council meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 5:30PM at the Parish Government building at 206 E. Mulberry Street, Amite with the exception of Parish holidays. You can check the calendar HERE.

Who is my Council Member?
You can find your Council Member HERE.

How do I make an appointment to meet with my Council Member?
To schedule an appointment with your Council Member please contact them directly. Their contact information can be found HERE.

Do the Council Members have offices?
The Parish Council Members do not have individual offices. These are part time positions so they work out of their homes most of the time.

How do I sign up to speak at a Council meeting?
If you would like to address the Council regarding an item on public hearing or the agenda please fill out a public input form online HERE, or you may fill one out in person prior to the meeting and turn it into the Clerk. The public input forms can be found at the table near the entrance of the Chambers. If you wish to distribute papers to the Council, please submit 13 copies to the Clerk prior to the meeting.

How long will I get to speak?
Each speaker is allowed a maximum of three minutes. The Council chairman will gavel the speaker at the conclusion of their three minutes.

When do agenda items have to be submitted?
The deadline for agenda items is the Monday, one week in advance of the scheduled Council meeting unless that Monday is a holiday in which case the deadline would be the Friday prior. All related documentation must be submitted by this time as well including any presentation materials.

What is the Council Members term of office?
The term of office for a Council Member is 4 years, and they are allowed three consecutive terms before being term limited.

How are laws made?
CLICK HERE to read more on how laws are made for Tangipahoa Parish.


Rules and Procedures

I. PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE-ITS PURPOSE AND USE

Parliamentary procedure—obeying the “rules of order” - provides a uniform process for conducting meetings in a fair, orderly, and expeditious manner.

II. GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

Every member of an organization should be familiar with the following simple rules and customs:

A. All members have equal rights, privileges, and obligations; rules must be administered impartially.

B. All members, majority or minority, have the right to full and free discussion of all motions, reports, and other items of business.

C. In doing business the simplest and most direct procedure should be used.

D. Logical precedence governs introduction and disposition of motions.

E. Only one question can be considered at a time.

F. Members must be recognized by the chair before they may make a motion or speak in debate.

G. No one may speak more than twice on the same question on the same day without permission of the assembly. No member may speak a second time on the same question if anyone who has not spoken on that question wishes to do so.

H. Members must not attack or question the motives of other members. Customarily, all remarks are addressed to the presiding officer.

I. In voting, members have the right to know at all times what motion is before the assembly and what affirmative and negative votes mean.