How to Read a Bill

Sample Council Bill

This is an example of what a Council Bill looks like and includes explanations of each component listed on the right-hand side of the page. Click the image to open a PDF version of the Council Bill:

Sample one-page Council Bill. Line numbers go down the left edge of the page. City of Seattle and spaces for the ordinance and council bill numbers are at the top of the page. The numbers are not filled in. Ordinance text follows with signature and date lines at the bottom of the page. No signatures or dates are present.

Click to download a PDF of a Council Bill that explains its various parts.