Davidson residents are invited to join a virtual information session on Monday, November 8, at 6:00 p.m to discuss a potential non-discrimination ordinance affecting public accommodations in local businesses and public transportation. The session will be offered via the Zoom platform, and residents will be able to chat and text their questions during the session as well. To register in advance, please click the link HERE. STATE AND LOCAL CONTEXT In December 2020, a key section of House Bill 142 expired and North Carolina municipalities gained some authority to enact local inclusive non-discrimination ordinances. The Town of Davidson is considering adopting such an ordinance pending feedback from the community and approval from the Davidson Board of Commissioners. At its May 11 meeting, the board of commissioners adopted Resolution 2021-08, Dignity and Equality in the Town of Davidson, as a firm stance in support of every member of the Davidson community and advocating to treat all people with respect. Resolution 2021-08 is available here. In early October 2021, Mecklenburg County adopted a Non-Discrimination Ordinance which provides a framework for a potential ordinance for the Town of Davidson as well. At the town board's direction, staff are working on a draft non-discrimination ordinance to address public accommodations in local businesses and public transportation, including an agreement with a partner agency to address compliance and conciliation efforts, as well as gathering input from business owners, the Housing and Equity Advisory Board, and residents. If you have additional questions or comments, please direct them to NDOcomments@townofdavidson.org.