Nirenberg to Take 'Anti City' Claims to Governor's Office Today

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Mayor Nirenberg travels to Austin today to try to convince Gov. Abbott to drop his 'anti city' policies during the Special Session, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

"There are 20 items on the Legislative special session agenda, and the majority of those would have a negative economic impoact to our economy and to the people of San Antonio," Nirenberg told News Radio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board.

Among the issues before the Legislature that Nirenberg and City government oppose include overriding the city's law against using cell phones while driving, overturning the City's 14 year old ordinance limiting the ability of developers to cut down trees, restrictions on the City's ability to annex property, and the main issue the City is concerned about is a measure that would limit the city's ability to raise property taxes beyond a certain amount.

And then, there's the 'bathroom bill.'"If it comes up, and it will, then we can talk about the negative impact this has already had to our economy," Nirenberg said.  "I don't think this will come as any surprise to the governor."

Nirenberg and other big city mayors have expressed concern about the overwhelmingly Republican Legislature's desire to strip power from increasingly Democrat-led urban areas.

In fact, Abbott at first had scheduled meetings mainly with largely Republican suburban mayors, before agreeing to meet with the big city leaders.

The special session ends July 15.

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