Could a major rule change be coming to City Council? If Councilor Bill Eddy has his way, it will.
Eddy expressed outrage on Tuesday night over what he said was the overuse of the ‘holding under personal privilege’ rule, calling it the “least transparent” piece of council politicking. The tactic allows councilors, when used as written, to immediately halt any conversation on an order, and prevent a vote from being taken for at least a week. Of course, councilors generally cherry pick the elements of the rule they like most, halting a vote, but allowing conversation to continue for over an hour at times. Eddy said he was frustrated by the way councilors use the item to delay inevitable passage, though Rick Rushton, the offender on this night, said that he was using it to make sure the City Manager paid more attention to a crucial issue.
In either case, Eddy is in a good position to affect change, should his colleagues let him: He’s the chair of the Rules & Legislative Affairs Committee, which would oversee any adjustment.