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To be considered, a proposed ordinance must be furnished every commissioner by title five days, and in full a minimum of 48 hours before a meeting. To be enacted, the proposal must be read twice and receive a majority "aye" vote of the members of the Commission (11). Unless vetoed by the County Mayor, the ordinance becomes effective on the 15th day following passage.

An emergency ordinance may be added to the agenda of any Commission meeting at which there is a quorum present by unanimous consent. If enacted by a majority vote and if not vetoed by the County Mayor, the emergency ordinance becomes effective eight days following its passage.

All ordinances, emergency ordinances, and resolutions are submitted to the County Mayor for approval or veto, except for resolutions authorizing the borrowing of monies by various debt instruments and ordinances, emergency ordinances, and resolutions that affect zoning regulations. These exceptions are effective immediately upon their adoption by the Commission.

Link to Knox County Codes

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City County Building
Suite 603
400 Main Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

Phone: 865-215-2534
Fax: 865-215-2038
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