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Supplier diversity helps direct corporate procurement to businesses owned by historically marginalized communities. The California legislature created a supplier diversity program at the California Public Utilities Commission that requires regulated utilities (such as energy and telecommunications companies) to engage in good faith efforts to contract with diverse businesses and report data on the diversity of their supply chain. The Greenlining Institute analyzed the 2017 supplier diversity reports of 18 utilities, including the telecommunications, energy, water and wireless industries. Overall, the percentage of procurement from diverse businesses remained virtually unchanged from outcomes reported in 2016, but a few stand-out companies did achieve relatively high spending with diverse businesses.
This model ordinance declares the covered jurisdiction to be a drone-free zone. The ordinance provides penalties for violating the drone-free zone and states that no evidence acquired by the violation of the ordinance may be used in a criminal prosecution. The ordinance prohibits a city official from purchasing, leasing, borrowing, or using a drone.
This model ordinance restricts the use of drones in the enacting jurisdiction\'s airspace. The ordinance allows drone use for activities other than law-enforcement activities such as rescue missions, fire response, hazardous material spills, and natural disaster response. The ordinance defines specific situations where drones may be used by a law enforcement agency. It also provides for specific circumstances where an individual may use a drone if he or she receives a license issued by the jurisdiction\'s government body. The ordinance regulates aerial surveillance and the use of evidence obtained by drones. In addition, it includes penalties for violating the ordinance.
This initiative prohibits bias-based profiling by officers, which includes using certain personal factors such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration or citizenship status, socioeconomic status, or other defined characteristics as a basis of suspicion for unlawful activities. The initiative explains the prohibited practice by juxtaposing it with the permitted use of information about the circumstance, relevant to the locality and time frame, that links a person of a certain race, color, ethnicity, etc., to illegal activity. The initiative also authorizes citizens and organizations to file claims of disparate impact or intentional discrimination or against a variety of individuals and agencies.
This fact sheet reviews studies of cities adjusting homeless response policies to prioritize providing access to permanent housing. The studies reviewed in this fact sheet suggest that switching to policy strategies that emphasize access to permanent housing can significantly reduce cost of providing services for homeless populations and, in many cases, reduce a city\'s overall cost of addressing homelessness. This fact sheet also outlines how some cities have prevented homelessness and targeted those most in need.
Climate change grant programs can provide multiple benefits, including improved air quality, lower electricity costs, improved health outcomes, and green job opportunities. However, these benefits often fail to reach low-income communities of color—even though these communities tend to live in the most polluted neighborhoods and stand to greatly benefit from the improved environmental and economic conditions that clean energy resources can provide. Climate change grant programs represent one way to level the playing field and make clean energy benefits reach all communities, but they must be designed intentionally with equity. Grant programs must clearly define their social equity goals and develop evaluation criteria to track success. The analysis should indicate the strengths and areas for improvement in meeting equity goals and should be used to inform the direction of the program moving forward. Programs must plan proactively to collect the data needed to evaluate their success or shortcomings in meeting social equity goals.
The State funding in the Ohio Civil Rights Commission's budget fell by a great amount. Such budget cuts make employee numbers fall, foring the agency to introduce low efficient online reporting systme. The agency is getting more efficient year by year but fewer staff may prolong the average time resolve probelms.
This ordinance: prohibits any city management employee from unlawfully detaining or permit an unlawful detention or profiling based on certain lists classes; prohibits any city management employee from officially assisting or voluntarily cooperating with investigations, interrogations, or arrests that are in violation of an individual\'s civil rights; requires a city management employee to promptly notify the city manager when said employee is contacted and asked by another law enforcement agency in the investigation, interrogation, or arrest under the provisions of the US Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act, or related executive order; and requires the city to provide legal defense for any city management employee that is criminally charged for actions taken in compliance with this ordinance.
The act establishes a code of law for the District of Columbia to clarify that marriage between 2 people in the District of Columbia shall not be denied or limited on the basis of gender, ensures that no minister of any religious society who is authorized to solemnize or celebrate marriages shall be required to solemnize or celebrate any marriage, and ensures the protection of religious freedom with regard to the provision of services, accommodations, facilities, or goods related to the celebration or solemnization of a marriage; amends the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992 to allow domestic partners to convert their domestic partnership into a marriage without paying an additional fee; and amends section 16-903 of the District of Columbia Official Code to make a conforming amendment.
This model establishes accessibility requirements for new construction and substantial rehabilitations for individuals with physical disabilities; and provides for exemptions from compliance where it would result in undue hardship, where the construction is a result of a natural disaster, and where the primary entrance is above grade level.