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Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt Calls For DNC Travel Vote to Be Rescinded

PRESS RELEASE                                                                        Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Steven Hoyt is asking for a travel vote concerning his attendance to the Democratic National Convention to be rescinded. A vote on Councilors travel to the DNC passed with a 6-2 vote during Tuesday’s Council Meeting. However, after hearing legal opinions from the City’s Law Department concerning travel that can and cannot be reimbursed, President Pro Tem Hoyt asked that the vote be rescinded.

“It is to my understanding that any opportunity that affords the City knowledge about how to improve is something that we should take part in, as it benefits the collective,” President Pro Tem Hoyt said. “This convention was truly a one of kind experience, and I’m so grateful for the insight that was gained through a number of workshops and seminars.”

President Pro Tem Hoyt attended the conference in an effort to learn more about potential opportunities for the City of Birmingham. His experience at the convention was shared daily through pictures and video that detailed a number of the discussions that took place. Elected officials from all across the U.S. convened in Philadelphia last month to discuss ongoing issues that plague so many communities and what can be done to provide a better quality of life for all.

“The energy alone was unlike anything that I have ever experienced,” President Pro Tem Hoyt said. “To see so many people united for a common cause was so refreshing, and I looking forward to being able to implement some of the ideas that we discussed to help improve this great city that so many of us get to call home.”

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Director Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.