The legislative power of the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government is vested in a City Council and a Parish Council, each consisting of five (5) members elected from single-member districts for four (4) year terms, one from and by the qualified electors in each district as defined by the Home Rule Charter of the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government.
A Council member must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and a qualified elector of the district from which he/she is elected at the time of qualification. A Council member must also have been legally domiciled and have actually resided for at least one (1) year in the parish and six (6) months immediately preceding the time established by law for qualifying for office in an area which, at the time of qualification, is within the district from which elected. A Council member is also required to continue to be legally domiciled and to actually reside within the district from which elected during the term of office. A Council member who has served more than two and a half (2 1/2) terms in three (3) consecutive terms shall not be eligible to qualify as a candidate for Council member for the succeeding term.
The Lafayette City Council and the Lafayette Parish Council meet regularly, every first and third Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. The Councils meet in the Ted A. Ardoin City-Parish Council Auditorium, located at 705 West University Avenue. Special meetings may be held on the call of the presiding officers of the Councils or a majority of the authorized membership of the Councils with such notice as required by state law. To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or public safety, the Councils may meet upon call of the Mayor-President, the presiding officers of the Councils, or a majority of the authorized membership of the Councils at whatever notice it shall be convenient to give. The call convening a special or emergency meeting of the Councils shall state the objects of the meeting. The power of the Councils to act at a special or emergency meeting is limited to the objects specifically enumerated in the call.
All meetings of the Councils and their committees are open to the public in accordance with the provisions of general state law. The Councils determine, by resolution, their own rules and order of business and provides for keeping a record of their minutes and proceedings. All official actions of the Councils are published in The Daily Advertiser, the official journal, within thirty (30) days of the action taken.
At all regular meetings of the Councils, the Councils operate from an agenda which is published at least two (2) days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, prior to the meetings in the legal section of the official journal. The agenda for special or emergency meetings is made available to the public as soon as practical prior to the meeting. Agendas are posted on the bulletin board at the main entrance doors of the building known as Lafayette City-Parish Hall, located at 705 West University Avenue.
Those wishing to address the Councils are asked to complete a form located at the entrance to the meeting room prior to the start of the meeting. Citizens are allotted five (5) minutes to speak.
All voting of the Councils is by roll call, with the ayes and nays recorded in the minutes of the Councils by the individual vote of each Council member. Not less than a majority of the authorized membership of the Councils shall constitute a quorum to transact business; however, if a quorum is lost during a meeting, a smaller number may recess from time to time and compel the attendance of absent members in the manner and subject to the penalties prescribed by Council rules.
The Councils appoint the Clerk of the Council, who serves at the pleasure of the Councils. The Clerk is responsible for filing notice of the respective Council meetings to their members and the public, keeping the journal of its proceedings, acting as the official secretary of the Councils, and for performing such other duties as are assigned to the position by the Home Rule Charter or by the Councils. The Councils are also authorized to hire such other employees as may be necessary to assist the Councils in carrying out their duties and responsibilities. These employees serve at the pleasure of the Councils, with their salaries determined by the Councils.