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A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. A legislature is a governmental deliberative body with the power to adopt laws. ...

In some Australian jurisdictions, a 'city council' is an informal way of referring to local government areas in built-up areas. Local Government Area (abbreviated LGA) is a term used in Australia (and especially by the Australian Bureau of Statistics) to refer to areas controlled by each individual Local Government. ...

City councils generally consist of several (usually somewhere between 5 and 50, depending on the city's size) elected aldermen or councillors. Other common titles for members of the council include councilmember or councilman/woman. An alderman is a member of a municipal legislative body in a town or city with many jurisdictions. ... A councillor is a member of a council (such as a city council), particularly in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and other parts of the Commonwealth. ...

In some cities, the mayor is a voting member of the council who serves as chairman; in others, the mayor is the city's independent chief executive (or strong mayor) with veto power over city council legislation. In larger cities the council may elect other executive positions as well, such as a council president and speaker. A mayor (from the Latin maÄ«or, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... A chairman is the presiding officer of a meeting, organization, committee, or other deliberative body. ... Chief Executive may refer to: Chief Executive of Hong Kong Chief Executive of Macau Chief Executive Officer This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A mayor (from the Latin maÄ«or, meaning larger,greater) is the politician who serves as chief executive official of some types of municipalities. ... The word veto comes from Latin and literally means I forbid. ... It has been suggested that Statutory law be merged into this article or section. ... President is a title held by many leaders of organizations, companies, universities, and countries. ... The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (i. ...

The council generally functions as a parliamentary or congressional style legislative body, proposing bills, holding votes, and passing laws to help govern the city. A parliamentary system, or parliamentarism, is distinguished by the executive branch of government being dependent on the direct or indirect support of the parliament, often expressed through a vote of confidence. ... A presidential system, or a congressional system, is a system of government of a republic where the executive branch is elected separately from the legislative. ...

The role of the mayor in the council varies depending on whether or not the city uses council-manager government or mayor-council government, and by the nature of the statutory authority given to it by state law, city charter, or municipal ordinance. The council-manager government is one of two main variations of representative municipal government in the United States. ... Mayor-Council government is one of two variations of government most commonly used in modern representative municipal governments in the United States. ...

There is also a mayor pro tem councilmember who is in line to become the mayor within an election period because mayors are only mayors for one year at a time.

In some cities a different name for the municipal legislature is used. In San Francisco, for example, it is known as the Board of Supervisors because San Francisco is a consolidated city-county and the California constitution requires each county to have a Board of Supervisors. Nickname: The City by the Bay Motto: Official website: http://www. ... It has been suggested that Metropolitan_government be merged into this article or section. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ...

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Welcome to the Tulsa City Council (0 words)
The Council passes local laws, reviews and approves the City's annual budget, monitors the efficiency and effectiveness of City operations, conducts investigations, and listens to concerns and suggestions from the residents of their districts.
The current Chairman of the Tulsa City Council is Roscoe Turner (District 3), and the Vice Chairman is John Eagleton (District 7).
City Councilors are assisted in their duties by Council Staff members and by various citizens' committees.
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Council is responsible for the appropriation and issuance of bonds, the awarding of contracts and the approval of City expenditures over $25,000.
Council Members are limited to serving three terms of two years each, with each term beginning on January 2 of the even-numbered year.
According to the City Charter, once the population of the City of Houston exceeds 2.1 million, expected for the 2010 census, two more geographic council districts will be added.
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