As I reported last night, the Freedom to Work proposal passed the full Council on a 16-12 party-line vote. Councillor Marilyn Pfisterer was out of town last night and was not present at the meeting. The debate on the proposal happened in front of a jam-packed Council chambers that featured several hundred supporters of the Freedom to Work Proposal and a much smaller contingent in opposition to the proposal.
In the end, despite a lecture on the technicalities of the ordinance from Republican Ben Hunter and a reasoned opposition statement from Republican Jeff Miller, the proposal passed. Councillor Duke Oliver spoke in strong support of the ordinance comparing the actions of the hotels to the actions of plantation holders at the end of reconstruction.
Also passing last night was a proposal to allow more public input into the redistricting process. As you may remember, Council Republicans jammed through a no-bid contract redistricting plan at the end of 2011. Democrats say that plan did not get fully vetted by the public. Since the Mayor shot down the Democrats' plan earlier this summer and an override of the veto could not be obtained, Councillor Brian Mahern is trying again to get public input through the Common Cause website. That proposal passed, 18-10.
Unfortunately, the Mayor is likely to veto both proposals. He has become Mayor Veto lately. Speaking of vetoes, the Mayor's veto of the Council Resolution supporting janitors stood by a party-line 16-12 vote. To override the veto, four more votes were necessary.