Understanding Constitutional Amendments Forum

US-ConstitutionWhat a great forum we had on the constitution on April 24. In case you missed it, we recorded the whole thing and you can see and hear it right here!

Panelists were:
Dr. Lawrence Sager, UT School of Law
Tim Mahoney, Attorney
Lou McCreary, Attorney – Mediator – Arbitrator


Voters Guide for May 7 Local Election is Now Available

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The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area has published a Voters Guide for the May 7 Local Election. It covers propositions and local races throughout Travis and Williamson counties.

Please note: Cedar Park and Leander residents who reside in Travis County must vote at Williamson County voting locations for early voting or election day.

The Voters Guide is now available in English by clicking on this link.

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The Spanish version is available here.

The first day of early voting is Monday, April 25.

May 7 Austin Election

The LWV Voters Guide that includes information about Proposition 1 on the May 7th ballot is now available here.

The LWV of the Austin Area recommends a vote “AGAINST” Proposition 1.

The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area sponsored a forum on April 10 to help voters become informed on the upcoming May 7th ballot measure. The only item on the ballot for most City of Austin’s residents is new rules for Transportation Network Companies (TNC). (Click here for more information about the May 7th election in Travis County, including a sample ballot.)

Panelists at the forum were:
Council Member Ellen Troxclair, District 8
Council Member Delia Garza, District 2
Caroline Joiner, Executive Director, TechNet Austin
.   Representing RidesharingWorks.org
Laura Morrison, Former Council Member
.   Representing OurCityOurChoiceOurSafety.org

In case you missed the forum, you can watch it here and on YouTube.

This document shows the forum agenda and, more importantly, the history of this issue in Austin.

Text of Proposition 1:
PROPOSITION. 1, CITY OF AUSTIN “Shall the City Code be amended to repeal City Ordinance No. 20151217-075 relating to Transportation Network Companies; and replace with an ordinance that would repeal and prohibit required fingerprinting, repeal the requirement to identify the vehicle with a distinctive emblem, repeal the prohibition against loading and unloading passengers in a travel lane, and require other regulations for Transportation Network Companies?”

To read the current ordinance, click here. The relevant section on fingerprinting is Section 13-2-527. The relevant section on the display of a distinctive emblem is Section 13-2-522. The relevant section on loading and unloading passengers in a travel lane is Section 13-2-519.

To read the ordinance that will be adopted by the City Council if Proposition 1 is approved by the voters, click here.

KUT has produced a five-minute discussion about Proposition 1 that explains the proposition and discusses pros and cons.
Frances McIntyre

For information: Contact Frances McIntyre at 512-451-1551 or mcintyre.frances@gmail.com.