Sunday, December 8, 2019

Council to continue opening meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance.

In a recent post summarizing the Council meeting of December the 3rd, I reported that the Council had adopted new rules of procedure and had omitted in the order of business the Pledge of Allegiance. I posted this:

"Rules of the Council. The Council adopts new rules of procedure. I notice that the order of     business omits the Pledge of Allegiance. Here is first items listed under order of business:
1. Meeting called to order
2. Invocation
3. Roll Call
4. Approval of minutes of previous meetings
5. Communications from the Mayor

The pledge of allegiance normally occurs immediately following the invocation. Is the Council going to discontinue the pledge? I have written my Council member to ask why the Pledge of Allegiance was omitted from the order of business of the rules of the Council. I will share the response. During discussion of adoption of the rules, no one mentions this omission and I do not know if previous Rules included the pledge in the listing of order of business."

I received the following response from my council member: "Hi Rod – thank you for your email. The pledge was not in the previous council’s rules either, but I have confirmed with the vice mayor that we will continue to say the pledge."

I am pleased that there is no intent to discontinue opening meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, but would be more comfortable if the Pledge was included in the order of business.

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