Rosenberg, TX ¬– Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency there has been a scarcity of basic goods in stores in the City of Rosenberg, and more broadly the State of Texas. In an effort to manage inventory, and reduce scarcity several stores have implemented rationing. Unfortunately, enforcement of this in-store rationing has been difficult since stores have no mechanism by which to ensure that individuals comply with their rationing requests. As such Item #2 of the City Council Special Meeting Agenda has been submitted by myself, Jacob Balderas, to request that the city council adopt an ordinance that would affirm any rationing that stores individually decide to implement. Under this proposal stores would decide whether or not they wish to ration, and if they do ration; individual stores would be free to decide which items to ration and the amounts allowed of each item. This would preserve the rights of individual businesses and stores to make decisions regarding the sale of their product, and would also affirm any rationing decision they wish to freely make. The goal in this time is to ensure the public safety, but that can not come at the expense of individuals’ Constitutional Rights.

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