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This is a point of sale ordinance that applies to anyone selling their home. When someone sells, their home, the ordinance requires the seller have a standardized Austin Energy audit performed on their house and the results must be disclosed to the prospective buyers. An energy audit is used for the following reasons: High electric and gas bills; Problems staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter; One room is too hot while another room is too cold; Air conditioner or furnace seems to run all the time; Indoor air quality issues, including problems with dust, mold, drafts, or asthma; Interest in renewable energy sources. In addition, having an energy assessment is the first step in reducing the environmental impact of one's home energy expenditure. Most homeowners can reduce their footprint by 20-50%, and the home assessment test is the best way to find out how.
This ordinance alters payday lending practices as sanctioned and regulated by municipal governments. It provides functional and clear definitions of alternative financial services businesses and acceptable practices and zoning for those businesses. Additionally, it outlines consumer protections for alternative financial services.
This ordinance requires unlicensed pregnancy service centers or crisis pregnancy centers to prominently display a sign that states: if the center provides medical services; if the center provides medical services under the direction and supervision of a licensed health professional; and if the center is licensed by a state or federal regulatory body to provide medical services. The ordinance includes penalties including fines for violating the law. The ordinance was originally passed in 2010, but was amended in 2012 based on a lawsuit. The original ordinance required the centers to display a sign that stated whether or not they provide abortion and birth control services.
This ordinance establishes regulations governing food service at public establishments in the county. This ordinance provides a brief rationale for this policy and links public health outcomes to food service. This ordinance requires food service establishments to undergo regular health inspections and to acquire food safety licensing before beginning sale of food products to customers. Restaurant owners are also required to submit plans for safe food service practices to the county board of health prior to receiving county licensure and these plans must be reviewed, revised, and resubmitted at a regular interval as required by the board of health.
This ordinance outlines workplace standards for construction employers. This ordinance requires that construction employers allot time for regular rest breaks for construction workers, which are particularly important due to the increased physical strain and increased risk of heat-related illnesses associated with construction labor. It guarantees that construction workers employed within the municipality are provided adequate rest breaks and establishes remediation processes for employers who deny construction employees a rest break.
This ordinance outlines deferred credit presentment practices as well as regulations on their conduct as imposed by a municipal authority. It establishes definitions of deferred presentment transactions and credit access businesses as well as certification processes for these businesses. This registration acts as a consumer protection by guaranteeing the quality and credit of defered presentment transactions.