NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — After at least two recent council meetings were halted by members leaving early, the North Miami Beach City Council will vote on a proposed new law that would prevent elected officials from leaving meetings unless there’s an emergency.

The proposed ordinance was sponsored by Councilwoman Barbara Kramer, who expressed frustration over early departures by her colleagues. It would add a new provision to the city’s quorum requirements, saying that if a council member leaves the meeting without stating an emergency, a voting conflict or giving another reason (like taking a bathroom break) that member would violate city code and be subject to penalties from the Miami-Dade ethics commission.

The ordinance doesn’t specify if penalties would be fines or other discipline.

The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/2bTYUlh) the council will vote Tuesday.


Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com