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Yakima city council approves procedure to no longer vote on new items brought in meetings

Yakima city council approves procedure to no longer vote on new items brought in meetings

YAKIMA, Wash.--Yakima city council members will no longer get to ask for a vote on new items brought up during the other business section of their meetings.

Council members unanimously approved this procedure following recent action to end talks of an inclusive policing ordinance.

Mayor Kathy Coffey says it became the norm to allow votes to take place on other business items under the new council.

But she adds this change in procedure makes everyone more comfortable when bringing up fresh topics.

"Under other business it is going to be something that a council member brings up that is new and that we haven't been aware of. So it provides an opportunity for the community to have the same information that's going to be voted on as a council member does," Coffey said.

Coffey adds that council members will have to wait for a vote on new items once they become official on meeting agendas

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