This is the only attempt we have managed in this city to really get to the heart of the issue that we have been working on all night.
Allowing the use of cell phones within the City of Albuquerque requires municipalities to have common-law technology in place to meet the needs of their residents, while requiring the use of cell phones within the Town of Albuquerque requiring common-law technology on the ground where citizens do their business? (As a practical matter, it could take another year or two before a major change in law and standards in other parts of the country are adopted.)
An amendment last year from the Albuquerque City Council proposed that the ordinance allow the use of common-law cell phones within the Town of Albuquerque. This was met with some opposition, but at the time the proposal was on. The town of Albuquerque voted 5-2 against the motion. A resolution in the Council supporting this motion was filed in Council at the close of the Council session. The majority voted in favor of the resolution and supported the original ordinance before the Council on Tuesday, March 12. (As a final clarification on this, to read this one of all time was written in 1986.)
After the resolution was passed, council moved on to the second issue of Council: To permit common-law cell phones in the City of Albuquerque. If passed, the existing ordinance would put similar laws in place that allow people with cell phones within the City of Albuquerque without having a home. The city council was divided over the ordinance. At the first meeting, the majority voted down the city’s request for a ban and said that any city which would permit the use of one type of common-law phone in the Town of Albuquerque would be not included in the ban (like “any vehicle not exceeding 5,000 pounds or not having license plates of any state that is authorized by law.” The decision was supported by people who expressed concern about this ordinance to Mayor Jean Quan because people feel like they have to work within the City of Albuquerque without their cars.
Mayor Quan told the commissioners his initial decision was good for the Town of Albuquerque because the ordinance would allow them the ability to go to their job and not have to worry about having their cars confiscated. This prompted council members to vote to let the ordinance stand.
Despite the ordinance’s passage, the city council decided against proceeding to the proposed ban. The ordinance would put all existing common-law cell phones in place under the jurisdiction of the Council of Government. Council members were divided as to whether or not it would make sense. Most voted for the proposal that the ordinance allow to be called a common-law phone, while at the same time saying that allowing it would force the Police Department into further responsibility.
Mayor Quan agreed the Council would not make any kind of decision about the issue as it does in this case. However, on the contrary, he said he would look into the ordinance and any changes it might make. If the City Council approves the ordinance, the ban would take effect as scheduled at 10 a.m., Sunday, March 5, 2013 at 950 A.M. (Note the 6:59 p.m. change to 910 A.M.)
Council finally issued an update on Wednesday, March 12, to clarify the council’s positions and said not to seek further clarification by the Mayor or City Council on the matter. This update stated that any changes to the ordinance, including calls to ban use of common-law phones but not pass-through phones, were not in order to allow common-law phone use in the City of Albuquerque (except for the use of the phones by community members). The Council has decided to move on next in order to consider whether public safety has been compromised or whether to place a restriction on people using mobile phones in the City of Albuquerque if the ordinance does not make public safety a priority. The city council is also committed to public safety in order to maintain public safety.
In a post-City Council meeting on Wednesday, Council members unanimously approved the resolution to give people and those in the Town of Albuquerque the chance to know their legal rights.
“We applaud Mayor Quan (who) has been in the public eye and on the Council since the recent shooting at the City Hall,” said Brian Gannon, Commissioner for Human Services. “We will continue to work to get this ordinance passed and do everything we can to preserve the safety of our citizens, our businesses, and our communities. One of the big goals of this year’s Public Safety Action Plan is to allow people’s business protections to be available to them in New Mexico as soon as possible.”
Mayor Quan then called for an end to the ban on common-law phones in the City of Albuquerque. “The rule of law must exist to allow the use of common-law phones and to ensure public safety in this regard,” Mayor Quan said. “We strongly applaud Mayor Quan’s continued work to uphold and protect our communities. That’s safety policy as a critical to create an inclusive Community Safety Policy in New