August 10, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Large Number of Speakers Scheduled for Council Meeting

The Springfield City Clerk's office reports 42 people have signed up to speak at the public hearing on Council Bill 2012-226 (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) at the upcoming Aug. 13 regular City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Historic City Hall.

Due to the extraordinarily large number of speakers on this bill, Springfield Mayor Stephens is limiting the time of individuals speaking to this ordinance to three minutes and the entire public hearing on the matter to three hours. If necessary, the public hearing will be continued at the next Council meeting, Aug. 27.

Council Bill 2012-226, is the Mayor's Commission on Human Rights' proposed ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of categories of persons protected from discrimination in the areas of housing, employment, and public accommodations.

On Monday night, Council will also hear Council Bill 2012-227, the result of an initiative petition to decriminalize marijuana. The Council can pass the initiative (during the August 27 City Council meeting) or it can place it on the November ballot – the City Charter limits City Council to only these two options.

Overflow rooms equipped with televisions will be opened to accommodate the expected large crowd. As always, citizens may watch Council proceedings live on Mediacom cable channels 15.1 and 80, AT&T's U-verse and the City's live video stream at:springfieldmo.gov/cityview. Updates are also available live at the City's Twitter feed: CityofSgf.

For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.gov

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