AURORA | Aurora City Council members will consider setting lobbying rules and a tax exemption for menstrual products during a council meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
They’ll also consider finalizing an extension to the city’s fee cap that restaurants pay to delivery giants GrubHub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash.
The menstrual care product proposal would reduce sales tax costs when cashiers call tampons, menstrual pillows, sanitary napkins, panty liners, menstrual sponges, and menstrual cups. Sponsor Allison Hiltz said it was an effort to ease budget stress for women who suffered financially during the pandemic.
Councilor Angela Lawson is pushing for a lobbying ordinance, which is also up for final vote on Monday.
She said in a meeting earlier this month that the law would create a public record of lobbyists trying to influence the city’s decision-making goals.
Lobbyists would often have to disclose their activities in public reports. City council members, city staff, commissioners and zone officials who speak to them would also be required to disclose activity with lobbyists.
Aurors could click through reports to see what stakeholders are trying to support bills on sensitive issues – from major developments and oil and gas permits to police reforms, immigration rules, minimum wage increases, and more.
And in a 5pm study session, Councilor Crystal Murillo makes a statement that “Housing is a human right”.
While the resolution does not create anything concrete, it would “provide more support for legislative issues related to housing and homelessness” and “create another demonstration of support to preserve and create more existing affordable housing”.