Aurora mayor wants to change meeting rules amid frustrations from councilmembers

The Denver Gazette: Frustrations among the minority members on Aurora’s City Council have mounted in recent weeks as they claim the council majority has been stifling their voices. The minority says the majority is inappropriately using a procedural rule that can end debate on agenda items.

Now, Mayor Mike Coffman is planning to bring forward a proposal that would repeal councilmembers’ ability to use the “call for the question” motion, the specific rule in question. He plans to introduce a resolution at council’s Jan. 23 study session and bring the rule change up for a vote at the Jan. 30 council meeting.

Progressive minority councilmembers, including Councilmember Juan Marcano, have been sharply critical of the conservative majority for increasingly relying on “call for the question” to end discussion, particularly on topics where there is dissent among councilmembers.

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