Municipal Elected Officials Institute of Government Monthly Quiz

True or False: A municipal council can amend or repeal an adopted ordinance using a resolution.

Answer: False

An adopted municipal ordinance can only be amended or repealed by the council adopting another ordinance.

Councils enact ordinances any time they seek to create or modify a law that would be broadly applicable and have a long-lasting effect. Ordinances require at least two readings on two separate days with at least six days between each reading before they have the force of law. Afterward, they must be placed into the municipal code. Resolutions serve a different purpose. Councils generally use them to express a policy or position on an issue or to draw attention or emphasis to an issue. 

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