This week in Council Chambers

It looks like the big action this week will be Tuesday morning.


Monday morning’s weekly Council Briefing will include another weekly update fro the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the ongoing state legislative session. The Council will also hold an executive session with city attorneys to discuss pending litigation.

Monday afternoon’s full City Council meeting should be short; the agenda includes just two appointments and a street easement.

This week’s Introduction and Referral Calendar includes the following pieces of new legislation:

  • A resolution urging the state legislature to pass a payroll tax on large businesses in the state and a wealth tax, but not to preempt the city from enacting its own.
  • A lot subdivision ordinance.
  • Eight appointments to the Seattle Planning Commission.
  • An update to the Seattle Fire Code.

Tuesday morning, the Public Safety and Human Services Committee meets. On the agenda:

  • A presentation on Seattle’s vaccination plan.
  • The previously-mentioned update to the Seattle Fire Code.
  • Further consideration of a draft bill revising the Council’s previous ordinance banning several types of crowd-control weapons, which was subsequently blocked by Judge Robart. While the agenda only says “briefing and discussion,” it appears from the published agenda that the committee plans to vote on amendments to the draft bill — which still has not been officially introduced — before approving a motion to send it to the DOJ and police monitor as part of the review process required under the Consent Decree. (see my previous article on this)
  • An ordinance cutting $5.4 million from SPD’s budget.

Tuesday afternoon the Governance and Education committee meets. On its agenda:

  • a presentation and discussion of equity issues around the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines;
  • an update from the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, including a discussion of its COVID-19 response.


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