Council members weren’t so sure Tuesday, however, and said they want more guidance from HUD before bringing the bill back for a vote, which could occur in February. Those concerns were reinforced this week when the city’s anti-discrimination agency issued a report echoing HUD’s position.
In a six-page letter to council members, Metro Executive Director Dawn Cummings warned the proposal “has the potential to open the city, City Council (also as individuals), law enforcement departments and individual officers themselves to possible, almost immediate liability . . . the discretionary nature of the (law) and the large numbers of individuals who are responsible for enforcing it increases the likelihood that selective enforcement may occur resulting in allegations of disparate treatment under the Fair Housing Act.”