City Council Briefs: Conversion therapy opposition, Renew Atlanta project list and more

The Atlanta City Council unanimously passed a resolution by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at Monday’s meeting expressing the city’s opposition to the practice of conversion therapy. The resolution calls on the State of Georgia, the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists, the Georgia Board of Nursing, the Georgia Composite Medical Board, and the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists set in place regulations to prohibit the practice and advertising of conversion therapy. Long-rejected by leading medical and mental professionals and organizations—including the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association—conversion therapy is premised on a false notion that simply being LGBTQ is a mental illness.

The Atlanta City Council approved a resolution Monday expanding the City of Atlanta Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust to include an additional member who is a former or current legislator in the Georgia General Assembly. According to the legislation, the mayor must make the appointment. The task force will evaluate the effectiveness of the city’s current legislative and administrative policies and procedures related to ethics, transparency and compliance.

The council also passed a resolution supporting the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond/TSPLOST Program’s prioritized project list. You can see the resolution and download a PDF of the project list at this link.

Post 2 At-Large Council member Matt Westmoreland introduced an ordinance to prohibit smoking at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, all city facilities and other specified public places to protect against exposure to secondhand smoke. Westmoreland’s legislation was referred to the Public Safety & Legal Administration and Transportation Committees.

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