CITY OF TEXARKANA, AR

REQUEST FOR BOARD ACTION

 

AGENDA TITLE: Adopt an Ordinance establishing an Anti-Discrimination Policy for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, and for other purposes. (This item is added to the agenda at the request of Director Tim Johnson)

AGENDA DATE:  01/19/2016

ITEM#:  9

DEPARTMENT: 

DATE SUBMITTED

PREPARED BY:  Director Tim Johnson

SUBJECT:  Establishment of an Anti-Discrimination Policy for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, and for other purposes. 

EXHIBITS:  Ordinance

APPROVAL: 

EXPENSE REQUIRED: $0.00

AMOUNT BUDGETED: $0.00

APPROPRIATION REQUIRED:  $0.00

SUMMARY :   Establishment of an Anti-Discrimination Policy for the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, and for other purposes.      

BOARD ACTION: 

 

Emergency clause:  Requested to ensure that the City does not discriminate in the hiring of individuals to work for the City as employees and to assure that the City does not indirectly discriminate in the hiring of individuals to work on City contracts.

ORDINANCE NO. ________

AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING AN ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY FOR THE CITY OF TEXARKANA, ARKANSAS; DECLARING AN EMERGENCY; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

WHEREAS, it is hereby determined to be the policy of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a personís race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political opinions or affiliation; and

WHEREAS, the City seeks to insure that its employees with responsibility for contracting with vendors do not discriminate against vendors because of the race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political opinions or affiliation of the vendorís owners; and

WHEREAS, the City seeks to insure that its employees, in providing City services to the public and public accommodations, do not discriminate against because of the race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political opinions or affiliation; and

WHEREAS, the City seeks to encourage businesses and firms it does business with to adopt employment practices and to make sales and provide services to the public without discrimination.†

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Directors of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas:

Section 1.† The City of Texarkana, Arkansas, shall not discriminate against vendors because of the race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political opinions or affiliation of the vendorís owners.† All City departments, divisions, commissions and offices that contract with vendors shall adopt a written policy that reflects such non-discrimination in contracting.

Section 2.† Employees of the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, in providing City services to the public shall not discriminate because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political opinions or affiliation.† All City departments, divisions, commissions and offices shall adopt a written policy that reflects such non-discrimination in providing City services.

Section 3.† All contracts hereafter entered into by the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, providing goods and services to the City shall contain a clause stating that the contracting party shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information.† All bid and proposal requests for such contracts from the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, shall hereafter include notification of such a clause and the requirements that it will be agreed to and followed.

Section 4.  In the event any title, section, paragraph, item, sentence, clause, phrase or word of this ordinance is declared or adjudged to be invalid or unconstitutional, such declaration or adjudication shall not affect the remaining portions of the ordinance which shall remain in full force and effect as if the portion so declared or adjudged invalid or unconstitutional were not originally a part of this ordinance.

Section 5.† It is important that the City not discriminate in the hiring of individuals to work for the City as employees, and to assure that it does not indirectly discriminate in the hiring of individuals to work on City contracts; and, further, to assure, to the extent possible, that no such discrimination exists is essential to the public health, safety and welfare; an emergency is, therefore, declared to exist and this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after the date of its passage.†

PASSED AND APPROVED this 19th day of January, 2016.

 

 

__________________________

Ruth Penney Bell, Mayor

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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Heather Soyars, City Clerk

 

 

APPROVED:

 

 

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George M. Matteson, City Attorney

 

 

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