Proposed Ordinance Feedback

Proposed Ordinance Feedback

 

The City of Houston is proposing the following ordinance(s) below. We invite you to comment on the ordinance(s) by clicking the link(s) to read the proposed language and submit your comments online.

 

  • Equal Rights Ordinance
    • Mayor Annise Parker has forwarded to City Council a draft of her proposed Equal Rights Ordinance. Houston is currently the only major city in the country without civil rights protections for its residents. The draft ordinance will prohibit discrimination in city employment, city contracting, housing, public accommodations and private employment at businesses with at least 50 employees. To avoid First Amendment issues, religious organizations are exempt from the definition of an employer.

       

      Complaints about violations of the ordinance and decisions regarding prosecution are to be handled by the City’s Office of Inspector General and the City Attorney. If the subject of a complaint refuses to cooperate with an investigation, the City Attorney may ask City Council to approve the issuance of a subpoena to compel cooperation.

       

      The ordinance also gives the mayor discretion to create an advisory task force to study and report on matters related to the ordinance.

       

      Mayor Parker intends to present the draft ordinance to City Council’s Quality of Life Committee on April 30. Consideration by the full City Council is scheduled for May 7.
  • Chapter 46 Vehicles for Hire Proposed Amendments
    • The Administrative & Regulatory Affairs (ARA) department presented the proposed changes to Chapter 46 of the Code of Ordinances relating to vehicles for hire to a Joint Special Called Public Safety and TTI committee April 22, 2014. General and housekeeping changes applying to all vehicles for hire will be addressed as well as changes to address new entrants into the Houston vehicle for hire industry. At this time, there is no set date to bring this item to City Council for consideration. We welcome your input regarding the proposed amendments to Chapter 46.
  • Joint Committee Presentation – Final
  • Mobile Food Units (MFU)
    • At this time, there is no date set for City Council consideration of these changes.  There are four key changes.  One change affects Downtown Houston. The other changes are citywide. The downtown change would allow MFUs to use up to a 40lb propane tank for their food service. There are three changes that would apply citywide:
      • Allow MFUs to be within 60 feet of one another (if there are more than 4 MFUs next to each other, a standby fire marshal must be present)
      • Allow MFUs to be within 100 feet of existing outdoor tables and chairs
      • Allow MFUs to place up to 3 tables and 6 chairs in front of their units when in service