|Mayor Greg Ballard|
The debate was long and arduous, but it was, in the end, the five Republican City-County Councillors led by Bob Lutz and Benjamin Hunter that made this a reality. Their support gave the co-sponsors of the proposal at least 20 votes which pretty much forced Mayor Greg Ballard to sign the proposal and make it an ordinance. Anything less than 20 votes would have signaled to the Mayor that he could have vetoed the proposal and stopped the progress.
Thankfully, that did not happen. Congratulations to the Democratic Majority and five brave Republicans who deserve a ton of credit.