How are ordinances passed?
Every proposed ordinance is introduced in writing in the form
that is necessary for adoption.
- An ordinance may be introduced by any Councilmember at
any regular meeting. Upon introduction of any ordinance
copies are distributed to the City Council. Copies of the
proposed ordinance are available to the public in the City
Clerk's office along with a posting of the same information
in the newspaper.
- A public hearing follows the publication by at least six
days and is held during a regular Council meeting. At this
time anyone has the right to speak on the issue.
- After the public meeting, the Council may adopt the
ordinance or deny it. If there are any changes to the
ordinance the Council will not accept the ordinance until
the changes have been subjected to all the procedures needed
in the case of a newly introduced ordinance.
- All adopted ordinances are publicly posted and published
within two weeks following the adoption.
All ordinances are effective thirty (30) days after
An example of how kids in Mesa got involved in the process of
a new ordinance came up in 1999 when go-peds became extremely
popular. There were many complaints from residents about
kids riding go-peds without any road rules.
After public comment, the City Council asked the City
Attorney and Police Department to draft an ordinance for the
proper use of go-peds. At a formal Council meeting, the
proposed go-ped ordinance was introduced.
Several kids that live in Mesa attended the meeting.
Each boy or girl filled out a "request to comment" slip and then
came before the Mayor and Councilmembers to speak their views on
the use of go-peds. Many of the kids came well prepared
and offered good information and thoughtful ideas on how to make
riding go-peds safe for the riders.
Because safety was a main concern for the Council, a section
of the ordinance provides information on what equipment is
necessary to wear while riding a go-ped.
If you would like to view this ordinance, search for "go-ped"
and follow the links.
Kids & Teens
City of Mesa
PO Box 1466
Mesa. AZ 85211