Gun regulation, new airport food, city manager search on City Council agenda

FILE - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Here’s a quick rundown of some of the items topping Thursday’s council agenda:

Domestic abusers and firearms
At 9:15 a.m. Thursday, there will be a news conference on a resolution Council Member Alison Alter is presenting to “expand the City of Austin’s state and federal legislative agenda to include support for responsible, modern day gun violence prevention measures.” The move would support legislation specifically that limits or prevents access for domestic abusers to firearms who currently are not prevented access by federal law. Other points include supporting legislation to regulate and prevent access to bump stocks and oppose any federal action to deregulate gun silencers.

City Manager search 
Council is expected to get an update on the City Manger recruitment and next steps in the process.

Limo, charter service and rideshare regulations 
This item aims to loosen the restrictions on limos and charter services to help level the playing field as rideshare companies take up a growing part of the market, according to the transportation department. Proposed changes to limos and charter services include removing a $55 minimum fare requirement and getting rid of minimum time requirements, so limos and charter services could respond to on-demand need. Limos and charter services will be taken up Thursday and taxis will be addressed in February or March. 

Approve Visit Austin’s marketing plan 
Following a KXAN investigation, council decided to postpone approving Austin’s convention and visitors bureau’s marketing plan. It’s back on the agenda Thursday. Council Member Leslie Pool says she and other council members still have questions they want answers to before green-lighting the plan.

Contracts for new vendors at the airport
Airport staff are recommending 24 retail and concession options to either be added to the Austin Bergstrom International Airport’s new 9-gate expansion or to areas in the current terminal where other business’ leases expired. These include a Torchy’s Tacos, Austin Beer Works, James Avery Jewelry and Noble Sandwich Company, among others. The city council is in charge of awarding the contracts.

Proposed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport concessions. (City of Austin)
Proposed Austin-Bergstrom International Airport concessions. (City of Austin)

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