Current Speaker of the Council is Humberto Goulart (PDT). There also are following offices: First Deputy Speaker, Luiz Braz (PSDB); Second Deputy Speaker, Margarete Moraes (PT); First Secretary of the Council, Haroldo de Souza (PMDB); Second Secretary, Elias Nunes Vidal (PPS); and Third Secretary, Valdir Caetano da Silva (PL). Current Majority Leader is Clênia Maranhão, PPS.
There are six committees overseeing several subjects of the city. Committee membership is defined by party breakdown. Members of committees are assigned by party leaders. Committees generally meet in the morning, as afternoons are reserved to floor sessions.
In 1828, there had been a major change the way City Council was set up. Porto Alegre had 10,000 inhabitants, and 400 voters, who elected the new 9-member City Council. Under the rule of the Empire of Brazil, there was no mayor-like office, and activities of City Council were scrutinized by the Provincial Assembly. At that time, City Council had attributions that today are mayor's ones, like public works, police services, and tax collection. In 1864, it had begun the building of the first Council Hall in an open lot between Rua da Ponte (currently Riachuelo Street) and Pedro II Square (currently Marshall Deodoro Square). This building was destroyed by fired in November 19, 1949 and the lot is now the seat of Rio Grande do Sul Court of Justice. 1873 was the year of the centennary and the members of Council were João Carlos Augusto Bordini, Joaquim Francisco Dutra Júnior, João Rodrigues Fagundes, Antônio Manuel Fernandes, Luís da Silva Flores Filho, João Pinto da Fonseca Guimarães, José Martins de Lima, Manuel Soares Lisboa and, Firmínio Martins de Oliveira Prates.
By the deposition of monarchy, there were 8 councilmen: João Antunes da Cunha Neto (speaker), Felicíssimo Manoel de Azevedo, Bibiano Dias de Castro, João da Mata Coelho, José Domingos da Costa, Antônio da Azevedo Lima, Guilherme Shell and, Rafael Gonçalves Ventura. After enactment of the Brazilian Constitution of 1891, City Council was responsible of auditing municipal public accounts, analyzing budget bills and, tax-related matters. At this time, there had been no opposition within City Council, as the PRP dominated state's political scene. The first oppositionist ever elected was a member of defunct Federalist Party in 1916.When Getúlio Vargas took over the rule in 1930, all city councils in Brazil were closed. Only in 1934, the city councils were re-opened. During this time, City Council was made up of 11 councilmen with annual sessions no longer than 2 months. This structure lasted until 1937, when that City Council was replaced by a Technical Administration Council.
In 1947, a new State Constitution was signed into law and City Council was authorized to have 21 members; these members now started out receiving monthly income paid up by city treasury, this led to increas of middle class representation. Between 1947 to 1949, Council sessions are hosted in today's City Hall. In 1949, City Council moved in to José Mountary Building. When the military staged a coup in 1964, multi-party system was abolished, being replaced by a two-party system.
In 1988, a new Brazilian Constitution was enacted, granting powers to cities but, creating a rigid form of government for cities; in this constitution cities are federative units, unlike former constitutions that granted states full rights to legislate over municipal forms of government.
|Councilperson||Party||Committee membership||Official website|
|Manuela Pinto Vieira d'Ávila||PCdoB||Education, Culture and Youth Affairs|
|Raul Kroeff Machado Carrion||PCdoB||Consumer and Human Rights|
|Nereu D'Ávila||PDT||Constitution and Justice|
|Ervino Besson||PDT||Consumer and Human Rights|
|Neusa Celine Canabarro Elizeire||PDT||Health and Environment|
|Mário Pinto de Fraga||PDT||Constitution and Justice|
|Humberto Ciulla Goulart||PDT||Speaker of the Council|
|João Bosco Granado Vaz||PDT||Urbanization, Transportation, and Housing|
|José Ismael Heinen||PFL||Urbanization, Transportation, and Housing|
|Maristela Meneghetti||PFL||Economy, Treasure, Budget, and Mercosur|
|Valdir Caetano da Silva||PL||Constitution and Justice|
|Sebastião de Araújo Melo||PMDB||Education, Culture, and Youth Affairs|
|Ibsen Valls Pinheiro||PMDB||Constitution and Justice|
|Haroldo Joaquim de Souza||PMDB||Education, Culture, and Youth Affairs|
|Bernardino Vendrusculo||PMDB||Urbanization, Transportation, and Housing|
|João Antônio Dib||PP||Economy, Treasure, Budget, and Mercosur|
|Mônica Leal Markusons||PP||Health and Environment|
|João Carlos Cavalheiro Nedel||PP||Health and Environment|
|Carlos Alberto Oliveira Garcia||PPS||Economy, Treasure, Budget, and Mercosur|
|Clênia Leal Maranhão||PPS||Urbanization, Transportation, and Housing|
|Paulo Odone Ribeiro||PPS||Constitution and Justice|
|Elias Nunes Vidal||PPS||Health and Environment|
|Maristela Maffei||PSB||Education, Culture, and Youth Affairs|
|Antônio Luiz Braz||PSDB||Economy, Treasure, Budget, and Mercosur|
|Cláudio José de Souza Sebenelo||PSDB||Health and Environment|
|Almerindo da Rosa||PSL||Constitution and Justice|
|Carlos Roberto Comassetto||PT||Constitution and Justice|
|Margarete Costa Moraes||PT||Consumer and Human Rights|
|Sofia Cavedon Nunes||PT||Education, Culture, and Youth Affairs|
|Aldacir José Oliboni||PT||Health and Environment|
|Maria Celeste de Souza da Silva||PT||Consumer and Human Rights|
|Adeli Sell||PT||Economy, Treasure, Budget, and Mercosur|
|Carlos Atílio Todeschini||PT||Consumer and Human Rights|
|Jorge Antônio Dornelles Carpes||PTB||Committee on Consumer and Human Rights|
|Elói Francisco Pedroso Guimarães||PTB||Urbanization, Transportation, and Housing|
|Alceu de Oliveira da Rosa||PTB||Urbanization, Transportation, and Housing|
|Carlos Roberto Comassetto||PT|
|Mário Pinto de Fraga||PDT|
|Almerindo da Rosa||PSL|
|Valdir Caetano da Silva||PL|
|Antônio Luiz Braz||PSDB|
|Carlos Alberto Oliveira Garcia||PSB|
|João Antônio Dib||PP|
|José Ismael Heinen||PFL|
|Alceu de Oliveira da Rosa||PTB|
|João Bosco Granado Vaz||PDT|
|Sebastião de Araújo Melo||PMDB|
|Sofia Cavedon Nunes||PT|
|Haroldo Joaquim de Souza||PMDB|
|Raul Kroeff Machado Carrion||PCdoB|
|Margarete Costa Moraes||PT|
|Maria Celeste de Souza da Silva||PT|
|Neusa Celine Canabarro Elizeire||PDT|
|Mônica Leal Markusons||PP|
|Aldacir José Oliboni||PT|
|Elias Nunes Vidal||PPS|
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