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The Office of Research and Policy (ORP) is responsible for the review and analysis of legislation before the City Council and administrative and research support to the Council Committees. Research staff prepares and publishes committee agendas.

ORP staffs all Council Committees, committee public hearings, work sessions, and task forces. 

In addition to conducting research on behalf of Councilmembers, staff drafts legislation, serves as intergovernmental liaison and as public liaison to explain issues and legislation, represents Councilmembers at various meetings as requested, and assists with constituent complaints and information requests.