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Spokane City Council Has Last Session Of The Year

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

SPOKANE, Wash. - Its the last City Council meeting of the year and members voted on two big ordinances,  Independent Oversight and the Sit and Lying Down Ordinance. The Spokane City Council voted to defer the police ombudsman ordinance that would increase oversight of internal investigations.   

That was the decision by the council after voters in February voted overwhelmingly in favor of independent oversight of police investigations.  

Last month a tentative agreement between the Police Guild and the city was voted down by City Council members because they said there was no truly independent oversight that voters wanted.  

Police Chief Frank Straub addressed the City Council saying this ordinance gives his department the highest level of oversight in the state  but that wasn't enough for council members who say they want the completely independent oversight citizens want.  

The city also voted in favor of the Sit and Lying Down Ordinance. With this ordinance it will be illegal to sit and lie on public sidewalks from 6am until 12pm. In downtown Spokane from Division to Maple and 4th to Spokane Falls Boulevard.  Officers contacting offenders will be giving information about housing and shelter options.

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