The proposed ordinance was sponsored by Councilwoman
"It is unconscionable for an elected official who is elected to vote on a matter to take it upon themselves to walk out of a meeting," said City Attorney
The ordinance comes about two weeks after Councilwoman
That meeting, which contained only one agenda item -- to choose a new health insurance provider for the city -- was a special meeting, the city's second within the past few months. Smith argued that the city seemed to be having too many special meetings lately. When Mayor
"Well then I'll leave, because you don't need me," Smith said. "You know what, you don't want to hear about the special meetings I come to."
When DeFillipo brought the council back up to a quorum, the members in attendance unanimously approved the choice of a health insurance provider.
It is unconscionable for an elected official who is elected to vote on a matter to take it upon themselves to walk out of a meeting. North Miami Beach City Attorney
The previous special meeting, on
The three left after an extended discussion about where the council members would be positioned on the dais in relation to Vallejo, who sits in the middle of the council. Spiegel said she thought the meeting and the discussion were a "hostile environment" and left, with Smith and Pierre following suit.
The items on the
Smith, the city attorney, said that to his knowledge, this is the first instance where a
Last month, the lack of quorum at a
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