Rosenberg City Council member Jacob Balderas wants to make sure citizens have everything they need to make it through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The best way to do that, in his eyes, is to enact an ordinance to regulate or limit the amount of certain commodities consumers may purchase.

Council members on Tuesday will hold a special meeting, slated for 6:35 p.m., where they will discuss and take action on the proposed ordinance.

This item was placed on the agenda by Balderas.

“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,” Balderas said.

“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.”

Balderas is requesting that 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,” Balderas continued. “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 item is to ensure the public safety, but that can not come at the expense of individuals’ Constitutional Rights.”

Citizens will not be allowed to attend Tuesday’s meeting of the Rosenberg City Council but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

City council meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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