Milwaukee County Government will provide high quality, responsive services that enhance self-sufficiency, personal safety, economic opportunity and quality of life for all its people.
CREATING NEW LEGISLATION
A supervisor, either through personal observation or from a suggestion by a citizen or county staff, can develop and submit a resolution or ordinance for consideration by the County Board. The chairman then assigns it to a particular standing committee which has jurisdiction in that area. For example, legislation dealing with bus service would be sent to the Transportation, Public Works & Transit Committee for study and review.
Alternatively, a supervisor can bypass the committee process and ask for suspension of the rules in order to ask for immediate consideration of the legislation at a County Board meeting. If the Board agrees, the matter is debated and a vote is taken when the matter is introduced. When going through the committee process, the legislation may need further study or a legal opinion. It is then referred to the appropriate County department and returns for committee debate at a later date. The committee may hold public hearings on the measure to determine how citizens view the matter. Bus fare changes, the annual budget and transit route service changes are some of the items that require a public hearing.
When the committee has completed its work, the proposed legislation is brought to the County Board for a vote. For most legislation, a simple majority vote is enough. A two-thirds vote, of members present, is required for specific items such as increasing salaries, temporary borrowing of money or to override the veto of the County Executive.