On Monday the City Council voted 6 – 3 to oppose the following state-wide measures: Measure 103 (prohibits taxes on groceries), Measure 104 (expands legislative 3/5 majority to raise taxes) and Measure 105 (repeals state sanctuary law); and to support Measure 102 (allows local bonds for financing affordable housing with nongovernmental entities).
The Council heard approximately an hour of public testimony in opposition to measure 105. Most of the testimony focused on how the repeal would be unfair to immigrants and people of color and would result in racial profiling.
There followed brisk debate on the propriety of the Council taking official positions on any state-wide measure.
The decision to support and oppose the proposals was then approved by Mayor Bennett and Councillors Kaser, Anderson, Cook, Hoy and Ausec. Councilors Nanke, McCoid and Lewis voted against taking an official position on the measures.