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SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 3, 2019) — City Council voted to approve amendments recommended out of the Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Committee that would make domestic violence prevention and firearm safety higher priorities than they were in the initial proposal for the City’s Federal Legislative program for the 116th Congress.
Domestic violence prevention was moved from a legislative item to a priority item, joining the previously established priority items of military protection, aviation, infrastructure and housing. Firearm safety – which wasn’t part of the initial Legislative Program – was added as a legislative item.
“I’m proud of recent strides the City of San Antonio and our Bexar County partners have taken to address domestic violence and public safety, but we must continue to work and take every opportunity to advocate for increased federal funding for local prevention initiatives,” said Councilman Peláez, who chairs the IGR Committee. “The elevated status of these items in the Legislative Program for the 116th Congress will ensure that our City’s interests in reducing family violence and increasing firearm safety – and our need for additional public support – will be advocated for in Washington D.C..”
The City’s Federal Legislative program is designed by the Government & Public Affairs Department in coordination with the IGR Committee and with input from City Council. The program’s aim is to develop policy programs approved by council that represent the City’s interests and advocate for them in Washington, D.C..
The intent of the domestic violence priority item is to request funding for prevention, education and intervention services. The aim of the firearm safety legislative item is to request comprehensive legislation to prevent gun violence, with an emphasis on policies that require background checks for gun sales.