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The ordinance's passage represents a victory of LGBTQ residents and advocates who felt that existing laws were not effective enough to protect them against discrimination at the local level. However, five of the 25 people who spoke to the council on the matter said the ordinance would violate their First Amendment rights and create an unequal class of citizenship.
Most in attendance at the final meeting rejoiced at the vote. This included Jackson Mayor Pete Muldoon, who expressed joy and pride in his city for enacting the policy. “I’m looking forward to the day . . . when this ordinance is completely useless,” Muldoon said. “But we need it today, and I’m happy to support it today.” The ordinance took effect immediately.
Port Huron, Michigan, considers water shutoff penalties for rental violations. At its regular meeting on July 9, the Port Huron City Council heard an ordinance (#18-013) that would expand the city’s penalty options for rental violations. In Port Huron, rental units designated “occupancy prohibited” are marked with red tags on their entrance. However, there are still landlords who remove the tags and rent out their property despite the designation. The ordinance would seek to combat that behavior, adding a provision to the rental certification section of Port Huron’s Code of Ordinances that “water may be
The measure's supporters argue that it would be a
However, councilmembers and interest groups alike still had reservations. Councilman Ken Harris voted against the ordinance, saying its premise “scares [him] a little bit.” Community members voiced concerns that the ordinance represented both unnecessary regulation and a “circumvention of due process.”
The ordinance will be read again at the council’s August 13 meeting prior to final approval.
Anchorage would not be the first city in Alaska to pass a ban on plastic bags. Earlier this year, Wasilla, Alaska, adopted an ordinance outlawing the use of plastic bags within the city. Some community members were less excited for the potential ban. Fred Meyer, a local community grocery store, expressed its tepid support.
In an email, Fred Meyer's expense, sanitation
The ordinance was introduced this past Tuesday before a full assembly meeting. No future date has been scheduled for when the ordinance will be discussed again. If adopted, the ordinance would go into effect immediately.
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