Council Consideration

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The Council Consideration page will host top legislative items up for a vote by the City Council. Your valuable feedback from the comment form will be provided to Council Members, allowing them to consider your opinions. Make sure your voice is heard by sharing your thoughts.

Ordinance Camping Prohibition near Support Services

In 2023, Spokane amended its Municipal Code, extending the ban on illegal camping to areas within one thousand feet of schools, daycares, and parks. This change will also include areas near addiction treatment, behavioral health, and other support facilities for the Spokane Community.

Council Action: August 19, 2024

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Special Consideration – Letter to Governor Inslee on SB 6175 Rulemaking Timeline

Spokane's housing needs have reached a critical level. SB 6175 is important for converting existing buildings into affordable housing in Spokane. This letter requests Governor Inslee to direct the Department of Revenue to expedite the rulemaking process and publish finalized rules implementing SB 6175 before the end of this year.

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Holiday Recognition Ordinance

The proposed ordinance aims to update SMC 03.03.010 by including Martin Luther King Day (the third Monday of February), Lunar New Year (the first day of the first lunar month), and Juneteenth (June 19) as official city holidays starting in 2025. The city recognizes seven holidays: New Year's, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after, and Christmas Day. Collective bargaining agreements mainly determine additional employee holidays. The purpose of this ordinance is to formally acknowledge these holidays, which already hold significance in the state, as official city holidays to honor individuals and events important to communities of color in Spokane.

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Homelessness Rights Ordinance

This ordinance prevents discrimination based on housing status. It includes "housing status" as a protected classification alongside race, religion, and sex. Employers are prohibited from rejecting or disqualifying applicants based solely on their housing status unless their housing status is legitimately related to the primary duties of the job. Additionally, individuals seeking or receiving homelessness services, including shelter services, are protected against unreasonable searches of their person or property.

Council Action: July 22, 2024

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Spokane, WA 99201
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