Councilmembers Pearce, Price, Austin & Richardson Agendize June 18 Council Item To Denounce Newly Enacted Georgia And Alabama
|UPDATE June 18, 10:45 p.m. Council approves the item 6-0 (1st dist. vacant, Richardson absent entire meeting and Mungo absent on the vote, enters Council Chamber roughly 20 seconds after the vote. Mayor Garcia took the item first and multiple public speakers to denounce recently enacted state laws in Alabama and Georgia used a basis to challenge and possibly overturn Roe v. Wade In her concluding comments before the vote, lead agendizer Pearce boasted that WAAY-TV/31 (Huntsville, Alabama) was watching the Council webcast.
(June 17, 2019, 7:32 a.m.) -- Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce, joined by Councilmembers Suzie Price, Al Austin and Rex Richardson, have agendized an item for the
If approved by a LB Council majority, it would authorize LB's City Manager to "suspend all travel, contracts, etc. from the states of Georgia and Alabama, so long as the bills become law" and would:
1. Request the City Attorney to prepare a resolution for adoption denouncing Georgia's Living Infants Fairness and Equality (Life) act (HB 481) and Alabama's hb314,immediately suspending official travel to Georgia, Alabama and any other state which adopts similar heartbeat legislation and imposing financial sanctions until such time as the new law is revoked, amended, or struck down".
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The Councilmembers' agendizing memo states in pertinent part:
The City of Long Beach has a track record of supporting women's rights and reproductive health. It has continually supported state and federal legislation protecting and advancing women's reproductive rights, access to healthcare, and funds for preventative health care services. Opposition to Georgia's HB 481 and similar anti-abortion legislation that serves to eliminate a woman's right to choose and hinder the availability of reproductive healthcare is in line with the City's long-standing values and legislative priorities. The City has taken similar action to suspend travel to states that have adopted legislation that discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression - such as North Carolina's HB2 - or legislation that is anti immigration - such as Arizona's SB 1070.
Their full agendizing memo can be viewed at this link.
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