City governments and officials across the country were busy last week working on various types of legislation and ordinances. Notable issues covered below include New York City Council’s legislation to make parking tickets more expensive for wealthier people, the Nashville Metro Council’s approval of a $2.1 billion stadium for the Tennessee Titans, and the adoption of body-worn cameras in Seattle.
On Tuesday councilmember Keisha Waites (D) introduced legislation to ask the Georgia state legislature and US Congress to pass laws limiting the length of trains and the amount of time they can block a crossing.
Mayor BrandonM.Scott (D) announced that an anti-violence initiative will be implemented in city schools. The initiative will be aimed at saving young lives by focusing on building conflict management and interpersonal skills.
The Columbus City council voted to spend $300,000 in taxpayer money to cover the cost of rent for evicted residents of the Latitude Five25 apartment complex after they were forced to evacuate on Christmas due to environmental hazards in the building.
After the settlement of $38 million to the family of a girl and father who lost their life in a fatal electrocution caused by a down powerline in 2021, members of the Los Angeles City Council requested a report on the status of pole repairs and other efforts in an attempt to prevent this tragedy from happening again.
Councilmember Isaiah Thomas (D) called for the state of Pennsylvania to give $5 billion over five years for improvements to school buildings across the state, including a large portion of the money to Philadelphia schools.
Two members of the Phoenix City Council contributed to a repeal of the ordinance that requires contractors on city projects to pay wages, and overtime benefits at the rate set by the federal government.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors repealed a law that would prohibit agencies from doing business with companies based in states that discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals, restrict access to abortion, and make it difficult to vote.