The City Council of the City of Bossier City, Louisiana is governed by the following sections of the Municipal Code of Ordinances:
Section 3.07.- All powers of the city shall be vested in the council, except as otherwise provided by law or this charter, and the council shall provide for the exercise thereof and for the performance of all duties and obligation imposed on the city by law.
Section 3.01.- The city council shall consist of (7) members elected. Five (5) members shall be elected from council districts by the qualified electors in each council district and two (2) members shall be elected-at-large by all the qualified electors of the city.
The council holds regular meetings twice each month in council chambers at the Municipal Complex, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA. The regular meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 3:00 PM; agenda meetings are held the second and last Tuesdays and are held at 3:00 PM.
Special meetings may be held on the call of the president pro-tem of the council, the mayor or four (4) or more members of the council and upon no less than twelve (12) hours notice to each member. Emergency meetings affecting life, health, property or public safety, may meet whatever notice it shall be convenient to give. All meetings shall be open to the public.
The president, or in his/her absence the vice president, presides at meetings of the council. A quorum is necessary before a lawful meeting of the council can be held. A quorum consists of a majority of the members of the council. Ordinances or resolutions are adopted, only by a majority of those present and voting at a lawful meeting of the council. All voting is by roll call (as shown on an electronic vote board) and the ayes and nays are recorded in the minutes of the council.
Ordinances may be introduced at any regular meeting of the council, or at a special meeting if the subject thereof has been included in the notice of such meeting. The title of each ordinance shall be included in the minutes of the meeting. Every ordinance shall remain on file in final form for public inspection with the city clerk at least seven (7) days before its final adoption. Notice of the introduction of the ordinance must be published once in the official journal of the city at least seven (7) days before final adoption. Any interested person may file during this time his reason for objection and the council shall grant him the right to be heard before final adoption.
Every ordinance passed by the council shall be published in the official journal of the city. No ordinance, with the exception of emergency ordinances, shall be effective before ten (10) days from the date of its publication.
The minutes of each council meeting are published in the official journal not later than fifteen (15) days after such meeting. The official journal is the Bossier Press Tribune.
It shall be the duty of the city clerk to maintain a register of ordinances in which all ordinances shall be recorded in full.
The council shall appoint an officer of the city who shall have the title of city clerk. The city clerk shall keep the journal of proceedings and perform such duties assigned by the council.