City reinstates human rights commission

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2008

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly reestablished the Juneau Human Rights Commission by resolution Monday.

The new mandate removes the commission's previous role as an investigatory and intervening body. The commission will now place a greater emphasis on examining "sources of tension, practices of discrimination, hate crimes and acts of prejudice" in the city.

The commission often failed to meet a quorum and the nine-member committee was often unable to conduct business. Members of the commission told the Assembly that only one case was reviewed under the old mandate.

The reintroduced commission will have seven seats to better facilitate a quorum.

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