Council redistricting bill scheduled for Thursday

by Jeff Sykes

The legislative conference committee assigned to decide the fate of a bill to reshape the Greensboro City Council made subtle changes to the text before scheduling a floor vote for Thursday.The committee changes to HB 263 appear limited to giving the mayor a vote when deciding to hire or fire the city manager or city attorney. The original version of the bill gave the mayor no vote, except in the case of a tie. That, in addition to denying the mayor a veto, is maintained in the latest version.The new language also requires a vote of three-fourths of the council to spend money from the city’s fund balance. View the updated bill here.Of note is that committee member John Blust, a Republican member of the state house from Greensboro, did not sign the conference committee report. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the house on Thursday.