Please find the attached Proposed Local Law changes to be considered on the October 13th Common Council agenda with public hearing for local law 2-2020, passed on February 11, 2020.
Changes that you will see in the proposed local law are as follows:
-In Chapter 87-2, Compliance with other provisions, definitions, construal of provisions, A. Demonstration., “exhibition including a procession” was deleted. The following was inserted: “1. Spontaneous Demonstrations: Spontaneous Demonstrations, as further defined in § 87-4 of this chapter, shall not be subject to this chapter’s demonstration permit requirements, but shall be subject to the provisions identified in § 87-4(B)(1). “ Under C. Definitions, “Signs: Any display, as defined in the City Code, Chapter 180, Signs” was deleted.
-In Chapter 87-3, Prohibited items or activities, 7. “Injury, physical” was deleted. 13. “Signs. As defined in the City Code, Chapter 180, Signs” was deleted.
-In Chapter 87-4, Application for permits, the following was deleted from A., with deletion in bold italics: “All applications for a demonstration permit shall be made to, and filed with, the City Clerk on the application forms provided by the City Clerk and shall be required for any public assembly, parade or other event involving more than 25 individuals. Application for permits will be processed in order of receipt and in all cases decisions whether to grant or deny the application will be delivered within 14 days of application, unless, upon written notice to the applicant, a further 14 day extension is necessary. Except as provided in § 87-4(B0 of this chapter, the City Clerk shall: (I) process all applications in order of filing; and (ii) notify the applicant of the decision on whether to grant or deny a permit within seven (7) business days of receipt of same.”
A new section was inserted, and reads as follows: “B. Spontaneous Demonstrations: A spontaneous demonstration shall constitute a demonstration which is not pre-planned or scheduled to take place within seven (7) business days of the date of the demonstration. While spontaneous demonstrations are not subject to this chapter’s permit requirements, every person, corporation or partnership or other entity, who holds or causes to be held any spontaneous demonstration, is strongly encourages to place the City on notice of such spontaneous demonstration, by contacting the City’s Police Department through telephone, email, or written letter and advising the City of same. 1. Spontaneous demonstrations, as defined in § 87-4 (B), while not subject to this chapter’s permit requirements, are nonetheless subject to the provisions as set forth in § 87-3, and the penalties set forth in § 87-7 to the extent that any of the provisions contained in § 87-3 are violated.”
-In Chapter 87-7, Penalties for offenses, when effective, the following was deleted from A., with deletion in bold italics: “Any person, corporation, partnership or other entity or other legal entity who violates any of the provisions stated in this chapter of this local law shall be guilty of an offense and shall be subject to the following penalties: I. A fine not to exceed $250.00. II. Such other penalties afforded by law.”
That is the complete extent of the changes between Local Law 2-2020, adopted on February 11th and the revised proposed Local Law 3-2020, to be considered on October 13th.
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