City governments and officials across the country were busy last week working on various types of legislation and ordinances. Notable issues covered below include Atlanta’s funding to support the city’s transgender community, Chicago Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson announced a “Unity Plan” to shrink the number of city council committees, and Seattle’s City Council passed a bill making it a crime to obstruct the work of a firefighter.
Mayor Andre Dickens (D) announced that the city will spend a combined $55,000 in proposed funding to support the city’s transgender community.
In an effort to reduce strain on city shelters, Mayor Eric Adams (D) sent the first buses carrying migrants to nearby suburbs in preparation for an expected influx of new migrants arrivals in New York City.
Philadelphia City Councilmember Sharon Vaughn (D) introduced a resolution calling for hearings on the city’s correctional system in response to two men escaping the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors introduced Legislation that, if passed, would limit how security guards use firearms. The legislation is in response to the killing of Chynna Brown by security guard Michael Earl-Wayne Anthony over Brown trying to steal items from the store.
The Seattle City Council unanimously passed a bill making it a crime to obstruct the work of a firefighter. The legislation came in response to the Seattle Fire Fighters union sending a letter to the council in July 2022 detailing incidents of violence they have experienced while responding to calls.