On Thursday morning, a proposed local law that would have provided certain protections to people experiencing homelessness failed to get the five votes it needed on the nine-member Bloomington city council.
The vote was a 4–4 tie. City council president Jim Sims was not able to attend the meeting. Chairing the meeting in his absence was vice president Sue Sgambelluri.
The meeting started on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The vote was taken nearly nine hours later, at 3:21 a.m.
The split on the council was along fault lines that have become familiar.
Voting for the ordinance were: Matt Flaherty, Isabel Piedmont-Smith, Kate Rosenbarger, and Steve Volan.
Voting against it were: Dave Rollo, Ron Smith, Sue Sgambelluri, and Susan Sandberg.
Ordinance sponsors were Flaherty, Rosenbarger, and Piedmont-Smith. Continue reading “Bloomington city council votes down proposed law on protections for houseless on 4–4 tie at 3:21 a.m.”