For the State of Texas: Continue Medical Marijuana Reform
Or maybe just legalize it altogether, man. Texas took a small step forward on the medicinal weed front when Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill in June 2015 to allow epilepsy patients to use non-euphoric oils from marijuana to treat their condition. Some advocates hailed it as a major victory, while others said it was too small a step to be significant. Both are probably right, but we're pulling for marijuana laws — particularly for medical purposes — to keep loosening through 2016 and into the next legislative session.
For Spurs Sports and Entertainment: Get That MLS Bid!
There's a good argument to be had about whether any taxpayer money should be dedicated to pro sports. But now that the City of San Antonio and Bexar County have put up millions to buy Toyota Field with Spurs Sports and Entertainment, we hope 2016 means momentum for Major League Soccer in SA. The Big Announcement of a team coming to town is unlikely to happen so soon, but our fingers are crossed for some smoke from the behind-the-scenes dealing the Spurs group is doing.
For Police and Fire Unions and City Council: Resolve the Damn Police and Fire Union Contracts Already
If there's no deal by March, the fierce debate over the police and fire unions' contract with the city will be two years old. And with the city pursuing lawsuits over the contracts' evergreen clause, there's no definite end in sight. Union representatives have pledged to come back to the bargaining table if the suits are dropped, which some City Council members have urged other officials to do, but that seems unlikely. In 2016, we hope an agreement is finally reached that does right by the folks who keep us safe.
For the City of San Antonio: Enforce the Non-Discrimination Ordinance
San Antonio extended its non-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity in 2013. But those who've dealt with it say that filing a complaint is a complicated process, and the penalties for violating the ordinance aren't harsh enough. Without a more effective enforcement mechanism, the NDO is essentially toothless.
For the U.S. Supreme Court: Strike Down House Bill 2
In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider the legality of House Bill 2, the 2013 law that placed burdensome regulatory hurdles before abortion clinics in Texas. The bill has greatly diminished the number of clinics in the state, and for the sake of women's rights, the high court should strike it down. And we hope City Council considers doing the same with the frivolous zoning ordinance it recently passed that makes it more difficult to build a clinic.