Auros (auros) wrote,

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How does a bill become a law?

I spent this evening at the Palo Alto City Council, observing an extensive debate on a proposal to use Palo Alto's zoning laws to get a handle on the use of toxic chemicals in facilities that sit within densely-populated areas. (This was partly a response to events documented here.)

I'm too tired to really write down all the details, and I'm sure that the folks who got me to come to support the effort in the first place will be writing it up anyhow... But, I just thought I'd note that, if our federal legislature behaved as civilly and intelligently as our local government, the world would be a much better place. The interactions between the public, the council, and the various city-employed professionals (city attorney, fire marshall, etc) were constructive and informative.

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