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File #: 190814.    Version: Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 1/2/2020 In control: City Attorney
On agenda: 5/21/2020 Final action: 5/21/2020
Title: Proposed Revisions to Chapter 8 Titled "Discrimination" of the City Code of Ordinances (B) Ordinance No. 190814 An ordinance of the City of Gainesville, Florida, amending Chapter 8 of the Code of Ordinances, relating to discrimination by revising definitions; by renaming the Equal Opportunity Office; by eliminating redundant code language; by revising the definition of disability and adding new classes protected against discrimination for purposes of Fair Housing; providing directions to the codifier; providing a severability clause; providing a repealing clause; and providing an immediate effective date.
Attachments: 1. 190814_draft ordinance_20200220.pdf, 2. 190814_draft ordinance_20200507.pdf, 3. 190814_Ordinance_20200521.pdf
Related files: 180958.
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
5/21/20202 City Commission Adopted on Final Reading (Ordinance)Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
5/7/20202 City Commission Adopted on First Reading (Ordinance)Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/20/20201 City Commission Approved as Recommended and Adopted (Ordinance) on Second Reading, as amended   Action details Meeting details Not available
title
Proposed Revisions to Chapter 8 Titled "Discrimination" of the City Code of Ordinances (B)

Ordinance No. 190814
An ordinance of the City of Gainesville, Florida, amending Chapter 8 of the Code of Ordinances, relating to discrimination by revising definitions; by renaming the Equal Opportunity Office; by eliminating redundant code language; by revising the definition of disability and adding new classes protected against discrimination for purposes of Fair Housing; providing directions to the codifier; providing a severability clause; providing a repealing clause; and providing an immediate effective date.

recommendation
The City Commission adopt the proposed ordinance.

explanation
One of the recommendations of the Rental Housing Subcommittee was updates to the Fair Housing Code to include new protected classes of gender identity, citizenship status, and lawful source of income. On July 25, 2019, the General Policy Committee voted to direct staff to draft revisions to the Code and present the same to the Commission for discussion. In addition, the Office of Equal Opportunity requested a revision to rename the office the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

On November 7, 2019, a draft of the revised ordinance was presented to the Commission and the Commission requested to add language tracking the Alachua County Ordinance in regards to prohibited citizenship status discrimination.

On February 20, 2020, Staff presented the revised ordinance on first reading. At the first reading, the Commission requested additional changes, adding veteran status and victim of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking as protected classes for purposes of fair housing, and modifying the definition of disability to replace language from the Code of Federal Regulations (29 CFR 1630.3(d)) with language from the Alachua County Code of Ordinances.

Because of the number of requested revisions and revisions to the title, this ordinance was re-advertised for a fir...

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