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Lobby ordinance needs revision to cover virtual meetings

City auditors have found that, while the city’s registered lobbyists are largely complying with city regulations, there is one significant gap in the reporting requirements. Although lobbyists are required to report their in-person meetings, no such requirement exists for virtual…

Reporter's Notebook: Upscale dogs, other complaints

You’re never too old to throw shade… Last Monday, the Austin Independent School District’s workshop meeting was full of lively discussion, including more pondering of academic programming and how to correctly catalog it for parents and district members. Often, special…

Lawyer tries to heat up lobby reform fight

Although he declared victory on Monday after a City Council committee approved the lobby registration resolution he was instrumental in writing, on Tuesday attorney Fred Lewis accused land-use professionals of misinterpreting the resolution. On Monday, Lewis sent out an email…

Lobby reform rules move forward

On Monday, members of City Council’s Audit and Finance Committee unanimously approved a revised version of Council Member Leslie Pool’s resolution proposing changes to the city’s lobby registration ordinance. In contrast to previous public discussions of the topic, Monday’s conversation…

Featured Collection: Austin Energy 2022 rate case

Austin Energy ramps up outreach for proposed rate changes

Austin Energy has entered the public hearing phase of its base rate review process, following its proposal to raise service costs. The monthslong dialogue with stakeholders and city staff, slated for resolution by City Council in November, has surfaced predictable…

Ethics Commission recommends controversial lobbying ordinance

To the delight of city ethics reformers and over the strong objections of developers and real estate professionals, the Ethics Review Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend to City Council a resolution aimed at overhauling city lobbying rules. The recommended…

No agreement yet on lobby registration rules

City Council Member Leslie Pool has released an updated proposal for fundamental changes to Austin’s lobby registration laws, and while the new version includes an idea proposed by a group of land-use professionals who objected to the previous version, the…

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Land-use pros respond to lobby proposal

If City Council eventually approves an ordinance based on Council Member Leslie Pool’s resolution to revise the city’s lobby registration laws, the result could be a Planning Commission with no architects, engineers or other land-use professionals, according to a group…

Lobby registration arguments continue

An attorney working on revisions to the city’s lobby registration ordinance has accused opponents of the change of refusing to negotiate in order to prevent the process from moving forward. Fred Lewis, the major architect of the proposed changes, told…

Austin Police Department Budget, 2012-2022

During the 2020-21 budget process, City Council cut $31.5 million from APD’s budget, citing the protests and “community outcry against the disproportionate impact of police violence on Black Americans, Latinx Americans and other non-white ethnic communities,” according to the approved…

Building professionals distraught over proposed city lobbying changes

Area engineers and others in the building industry showed up to a Monday meeting of the Ethics Review Commission to voice concerns over a proposal that would likely require many of them to register as lobbyists because of their regular…

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