After Friday, lobbyists will only be allowed on the floor if they are being presented with an official resolution, or if they are testifying in front of the full Board of Aldermen during a committee of the whole meeting, which are exceedingly rare.
“I think it’s an important step for this body to sort of rein things in and take ourselves a little more seriously so everyone else does as well,” said Alderman Jack Coatar, D-7th Ward. He was in charge of the resolution that contained the rules.
Members of the press, employees of certain city agencies, and individuals with disabilities who might not be able to access the upstairs gallery would still be able to sit downstairs.
Aldermen also voted to scrap a controversial plan that would have required passes to sit in the upstairs gallery. Access will now be on a first-come, first-served basis.