City governments and officials across the country were busy last week working on various types of legislation and ordinances. Notable issues covered below include Boston’s new climate-friendly state building code, Baltimore’s record education budget, and Detroit’s $12.69 opioid settlement.
The Atlanta City Council Public Safety Committee asked the city attorney to weigh possible legal action against Kia and Hyundai after over 419 Kia and Hyundai cars were stolen in the first three months of 2023 due to a steering wheel issue that makes it easy for criminals to start up these models and drive away.
Last week, the Columbus City Council renewed its contract with Community Crime Patrol, which is a citizen patrolling unit that has simultaneously served as a hiring pipeline for city law enforcement over the last few years.
In last week”s election, Kansas City voters approved a 3% local tax on those retail sales, on top of the 6% state tax. Voters also approved a 7.5% on short-term rentals, similar to what hotels and motels already pay.
Under a limited pilot project authorized by city council, the Portland Police Bureau will now be able to purchase and use drones for the purpose of documenting and investigating vehicle crashes, studying traffic flow and patterns in major crash sites, and for search and rescue operations.
Under a unanimously adopted ordinance by Sacramento City Council, it will be illegal to use a loudspeaker in front of Planned Parenthood clinics. The measure is aimed at deterring harassment outside of the clinics.