COLUMBIA — The Columbia City Council approved a new regulation on short-term rental units within the city.
Columbia City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that authorizes the city to make a one-time retention payment to existing permanent employees, after much community input.
Members of LiUNA Local 995 spoke to the council in public comment supporting the approval of the retention payments.
New hires at the City of Columbia are being paid more than some existing employees.
“We need to make sure that we aren’t leaving loyal employees in the dust,” LiUNA Local 955 representative Andrew Hutchinson said.
Permanent employees will be eligible to receive one payment from a tiered system.
The city council voted unanimously to pass the one-time payment.
Sanctuary city status
The council read a proposed ordinance for the first time on making Columbia a sanctuary city for the LGBTQ community.
This come after the Columbia Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday recommended approval of the ordinance to the council in December 2023.
The initiative for the ordinance came from MU’s Young Democratic Socialists of America organization, in response to a Missouri state law that bans gender-affirming care for minors including surgeries, puberty blockers or hormones. It also prohibits transgender adults from access to gender-affirming health care under Medicaid.
If the ordinance is adopted at the Feb. 19 council meeting, it would direct city law enforcement to enforce these laws at the lowest priority.
Kansas City, Missouri, passed a resolution in May that declared the city as a sanctuary city for gender-affirming care.
Lawrence, Kansas, passed an ordinance to protect its citizens from impending legislation in July.