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In final meeting of term, Baltimore City Council votes to keep Columbus Day

In final meeting of term, Baltimore City Council votes to keep Columbus Day

In the final meeting of its five-year term, the departing City Council approved Baltimore's first rezoning plan in a generation and rejected an effort to rebrand Columbus Day, over objections from the audience.

The council also laid the groundwork for new municipal identification cards and banned the possession of realistic-looking toy guns.

The next council, with eight new members joining seven veterans, is to be sworn in Thursday.

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young said members disagreed on occasion but worked together to pass significant legislation, such as tax incentives to spur development in Harbor Point and Port Covington.

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