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Tenant’s bill of rights, income anti-discrimination pass first step with Tampa City Council

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The ordinance is “virtually identical” to legislation recently passed in Hillsborough County.

The Tampa City Council Thursday took the first step in approving a Tenant’s Bill of Rights and income anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance mirrors a Hillsborough County ordinance passed last March. Deputy City Attorney Morris Massey said the city’s version is “virtually identical” to the county’s ordinance.

Council members voted 6-1 to approve the ordinance on first reading with Council Member Charlie Miranda the sole no vote. The ordinance would mandate that landlords provide tenants with a “Notice of Rights” related to housing. It would also mandate landlords accept Section 8 vouchers and other government assistance as part of a prospective tenant’s income.

Council members will hold a second and final vote on the ordinance during the Feb. 3 City Council meeting. The ordinance comes as affordable housing inventory remains low and rental prices in Tampa rise to among the highest rates in the country.

While Miranda was the only no vote, Council Member John Dingfelder was close to joining him. Dingfelder, who is a former American Civil Liberties Union attorney, said he’s always been a supporter of human rights and civil rights, but hadn’t seen evidence that a problem existed to require the ordinance.

He said he feared implementation of the ordinance could overburden city departments that would have to enforce it.

“We’re responding to a problem that I haven’t heard in 10 years of (this) Council as a problem. Now we are creating more bureaucracy and regulatory framework that is unnecessary,” Dingfelder said. “Who is going to jump in and inform these folks that this is a requirement? Who will enforce that and how much time and resources will we devote and who is saying there is a need for a document?”

Creation of the ordinance was spurred by City Council late in 2021 to bring the city in congruence with the county and address an emerging housing crisis, Council Chair Orlando Gudes said.

“Purpose of this when the county did it, was to make sure tenants had some rights. Knew what their rights are,” Gudes said. “Most tenants don’t.”

And Council Member Luis Viera added he’s toured some properties and talked to tenants and was shocked by what he learned. He said he strongly supported the move.

“We’ve heard stories that were shocking. Seen things that were shocking. And a lot of people don’t know their rights,” Viera said. “This is an ordinance that responds directly to not just something that is a problem but is a crisis that is getting worse.”

Dingfelder also said he feared the anti-discrimination aspect of the ordinance would force unwitting landlords into the Section 8 program. Massey said that wouldn’t be the case.

Ultimately, Dingfelder supported the ordinance with the caveat that city staff update council members on how it is impacting tenants and landlords six months after it goes into effect. The ordinance, however, must first get a favorable vote next month.


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ABC’s Hostin: Republicans Are Treating Biden Like a Black President

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ABC legal analyst Sunny Hostin said Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that Republicans treated President Joe Biden like a black president.

Hostin said, “There are things that he has not gotten credit for, like he’s inherited this pandemic from the Trump administration. It was badly handled. He was able to pass a 1.9 trillion dollar relief package which a majority of Republicans voted against. That’s something that he gets credit for. I think he also gets credit for his incredibly diverse judicial nominations. I think there has been about 41 federal judges. Those are lifetime appointments.”

She continued, “I think where he hasn’t done well is basically delivering federal policy in favor of the people who put him in the White House, and that is communities of color. We didn’t see any movement on voting rights. We didn’t see any movement in police reform.”

Hostin added, “The infrastructure was a leaning-into white independence, and I think it was a leaning into white moderates, but the bottom line is, those aren’t the folks who really took him over the finish line. That is not the Democratic base. No Democratic president has made it into the White House without the support of the black community. The black community now, voters 50 and over that are registered, there’s been a 36-point drop in the net approval. What I took away was he said something like I had no idea that my Republican friends would do this. Well, he’s governing like it’s the 1990s. It’s 2022. He sat for eight years next to a black president yet didn’t think he would be treated like one, and that is what he is being treated like.”

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Behar: ‘Dense’ Biden Thought Other White Privileged Senators Would Work with Him

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Joy Behar told her co-hosts Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that President Joe Biden was “dense” for thinking his fellow “white privileged” senators would work with him.

Whoopi Goldberg said, “Part of the problem for Joe is none of us, none of us ever anticipated we would be sitting in front of senators and congresspeople who are denying the fact that someone won an election. I never saw that before. I don’t think it occurred to him that would ever be Republicans who would go that far to say this was a lie. I think a lot of this, he thought, you know, we’ll beat each other up as we have in the past. This is a whole new group.”

Behar said, “But, Whoopi n the ’90s Newt Gingrich, had a contract on America.”

Ana Navarro said, “With America.”

Behar shot back, “I like to say it was on America. Then you have Mitch McConnell say that his whole idea going forward with Obama was to make sure he was a one-term president. Then he said about Biden, we’re going to obstruct, and we’re not going to let him do anything he wants to do. So I mean, how dense was Biden really in these instances? You’re a white privilege senator in the United States Congress, so you believe other white privilege guys will work with you, but they won’t, and they don’t.”

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Breitbart News Daily Podcast Ep. 55: The Hits Just Keep on Comin’: Filibuster Stays, Joe’s Press Conference Flop; Guests: Jack Posobiec, Rep. Kat Cammack

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Brandon met the media yesterday and whoa… not a joke! And not his best effort. That goes for the majority of the media in the East Room too. Joey tried for almost two hours to defend his first-year record, and then he officially lost his voting rights push in the Senate. What a day. Our guests Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec and Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) join Breitbart’s Jerome Hudson to break down President Biden’s press conference.

The Breitbart News Daily Podcast runs Monday through Friday as a “Director’s Cut” of the SXM Patriot radio show. Hosted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow, you’ll hear Alex’s take on the big political stories, interviews with various newsmakers, and the Patriot “Caller of the Day.”

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