Charter Amendment One was Defeated. What does this mean for Gainesville's Businesses.
An ordinance approved a year ago extends civil rights protections to transgendered people and now that charter amendment one was defeated, city leaders say they will change the ordinance themselves to accomodate the businesses.
Business owner's still have questions that need to be answered concerning what they are to do with the restrooms in their business. Even though the Chamber of Commerce had come out against the amendment, they are working with city leaders regarding the wording in the ordinance that was put in place January of 2008, making sure business owners are satisfied.
Brent Christensen from the Chamber of Commerce says,"What it means for us, we'll start focusing on making changes to the existing ordinance that's still in place to make sure businesses are protected, that they won't have to spend additional expenses on making modifications to their restrooms, on building new restrooms and that sort of thing"
Any changes made to an ordinance will still have to go through a committee process and then recommendations will be made to the full commission.
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