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August 5, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council Moves Forward with Historic Pardoning of Simple Possession of Marijuana

Council Moves Forward with Historic Pardoning of Simple Possession of Marijuana

NEW ORLEANS - The City Council has passed several major agenda items authored by Council President Helena Moreno to end penalties for small amounts of cannabis possession and pardon roughly ten thousand convictions and pending cases. This will help gain community trust with police and allow New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers to focus their efforts on reducing recent spikes in violent crime. While the Council does not have the authority to legalize recreational marijuana (only the State Legislature can accomplish that), it does have the power to fully decriminalize as it has done today. 

August 2, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council to Move Forward with Pardoning Simple Possession of Marijuana to Increase Law Enforcement Focus on Curbing Violence

Council to Move Forward with Pardoning Simple Possession of Marijuana to Increase Law Enforcement Focus on Curbing Violence

NEW ORLEANS - Today, Council President Helena Moreno announced her local cannabis decriminalization legislation is moving forward for final approval this Thursday, August 5. The package of legislation pardons thousands of summonses issued by NOPD and creates an innovative “automatic pardon” for any future summonses, functionally removing penalties for small possession of cannabis in New Orleans.

July 20, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council President Moreno Issues Statement Regarding Removal of Peaceful Protestors

Council President Moreno Issues Statement Regarding Removal of Peaceful Protestors

"New Orleans will continue to love and accept ALL"
NEW ORLEANS - Council President Helena Moreno has responded to efforts to remove peaceful protestors from the Louisiana House Chamber during the veto override session of Senate Bill 156, which bans transgender athletes from competing on school sports teams with their identified gender and allows people 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or safety training.

“As a former legislator, I have seen many protesters in the House Chamber and never seen any removed like this. I view this as a physical manifestation of what some legislators are doing to the transgender community. It’s horrific and sad.” Moreno stated.

July 15, 2021

Helena Moreno

City Council Places Library Renewal on November Ballot

City Council Places Library Renewal on November Ballot

NEW ORLEANS - Today, the City Council officially placed the full renewal of the library millage on the November ballot. This 4 mill tax renewal continues the expiring ad valorem tax that supports the operations of the New Orleans Public Library, which was authorized by voters on November 4, 1986, through December 31, 2021. 

If approved by voters, this would authorize the City to levy a special tax of up to 4 mills on all taxable property for a period of twenty years (beginning on January 1, 2022, and expiring on December 31, 2041) with an estimated collection totaling $17,498,020 to support the critical services of New Orleans’ public libraries. 

July 2, 2021

Helena Moreno

Council President Moreno and Vice President Glapion Gain Unanimous Support to Require Council Approval and Public Input for Any City Hall Relocation

Seal of the City of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - Today, the New Orleans City Council unanimously supported legislation requiring public engagement and Council approval for the relocation of City Hall. Despite decades of discussion over relocating City Hall, there has never been an official process developed to do so. This is now a permanent solution ensuring accountability and that all voices are heard.

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