State and Local Politics
For this paper, you will attend a city or county council/commission meeting and present its topics, relevant discussion, and
outcome. You will then provide an analysis of and response to the meeting and whether you agreed with the steps/actions
taken by the council/commission, and explain why you agreed or disagreed.
For students unable to attend in person, viewing a meeting online is an acceptable substitute.
The name of the council/commission, location, date, and URL (if applicable) must be included on your title page. Your paper
must be at least two pages in length. You must include a copy of the official meeting agenda as your supporting
Be sure to include the following in your paper:
items that required a vote and the outcome of those votes,
any contentious issues and analysis of the problem, and
any items of particular interest.
Address the following questions:
Could you determine any conservative or liberal leanings by the members based on their comments or vote?
What community services were addressed in the meeting? In what ways did the council/commission discuss supporting
In what ways did minorities influence decisions made at this meeting—either directly at the meeting or through the
Was the meeting what you expected? Would you have voted with the majority? Elaborate on your response.
Any sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying
citations in APA format.
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State and Local Politics
A regular commission meeting was conducted in Broward County following the recent catastrophic events of the Hurricane Irma in the United States. In other words, the meeting was held to discuss the Hurricane Irma Broward County Press Conference items, which required a vote, and an outcome of those votes. The main issues of contention was, whether, to increase funding on mitigating future hurricanes and controls; or give start up aid and compensation in form of government grants, to affected families and businesses . In this regard, Members voted in favor of increased financing and continued public education on cyclones.
Given the nature of the meeting and weight attached to calamities, all members shared a common view regarding the matter, thus no partisan leaning was observed. Members also discussed various community services, including setting up counseling and psychological support centers for the hurricane victims (Flack, 2014). In this case, the services required adequate financial allocation to support each activity. Moreover, the county was required to invest in setting up new infrastructure, including sewerage services and drainage (Flack, 2014).
The meeting constituted both majority and minority council members. The minority were, however, overlooked when making important decisions and policies, thus their influence on the matter in question was limited (Flack, 2014). On the other hand, the meeting was carried out as I had earlier anticipated, because most of the policies and decisions were made in favor of the hurricane victims. That is to say, given a chance I would have voted with the majority, since most of my friends and relatives had been afflicted by the hurricane and were in dire need of help.