A look at some of the issues Jacksonville's City Council considered in its meeting Thursday:
Issue: Electronic changing signs
What it means: The council was asked to allow electronic signs to change messages every eight seconds. Supporters said that allows businesses to advertise effectively, but opponents said it promotes visual clutter and could distract drivers.
Bill No. 2010-900
Action: Deferred. Although two council committees approved the bill last week, council President Jack Webb's office announced a public meeting will be held April 6 at 5 p.m. in the council chambers for further discussion.
Issue: Landscape regulation
What it means: The council considered requiring Florida-friendly landscaping and watering measures in new housing subdivisions. The standards are similar to those used in commercial development, but allow more latitude.
Bill No. 2011-74
Issue: City ethics
What it means: New legislation would create an Office of Ethics, Compliance and Oversight that would include the city's ethics officer and general inspector. Existing, funded jobs would be transferred into the office, without creating new jobs.
Bill No. 2011-197
Action: Bill introduced and assigned to Rules and Finance committees.