I was a little confused about procedure when the Chapel Hill Town Council voted on the cell phone while driving ban this week.
The proposed ban needed six votes to pass on a first reading, but received only four. The matter comes back March 26. Since I didn't realize the town had first and second readings, I asked public information officer Catherine Lazorko. Here is her response:
"In the specific case of the cell phone vote, it was a tie vote so it comes back under the council procedures manual rules. In addition under the law, g.s. 160A-75, an ordinance cannot be enacted on first reading unless it gets a two-thirds favorable vote, which would be 6. So, this ordinance will be back on the agenda in two weeks."
So there you have it. Thanks, Catherine.