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Chamber of Commerce Responds to Business Owner Concerns Over Civil Rights Policy, Asks Mayor to Create Committee

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce says business owners are concerned about how the city will enforce the new Civil Rights ordinance. In a letter to the mayor, they have asked for a committee to be created to oversee its implementation.
FAYETTEVILLE -- The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce says business owners are concerned about how the city will enforce the new Civil Rights ordinance. In a letter to the mayor, they have asked for a committee to be created to oversee its implementation.

The letter, which is signed by Chamber President Steve Clark, recommends the committee be made up of:

Two members of the LGBT community

Two retail business representatives

Two real estate business representatives

Two members from the faith community

Two lawyers who practice civil rights law

The chamber also asks that no currently serving elected official serve on the committee and that Mayor Lioneld Jordan serve as chair of the committee.

The letter goes on to say the business community is "troubled by the lack of specific standards or definitions for legal terms being used by the city in the ordinance such as 'socioeconomic background' and 'physical characteristic'" along with other concerns they want addressed by this committee.

The Chamber of Commerce has asked the mayor to create this committee by Tuesday.

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