Despite Misgivings, Beverly Hills City Council Ratifies Emergency Ordinance
Posted Thursday, June 18, 2020 - 7:22 pm
By Laura Coleman
Despite concern that an emergency ordinance might encroach on First Amendment rights, the Beverly Hills City Council voted 4-1 on June 16 to prohibit nighttime assemblies of 10 or more people in residential areas.
City Councilman John Mirisch, the lone “no” vote in ratifying Civil Emergency Order No. 6, which went into effect at 9:55 p.m. on June 13 as an emergency order, advocated that the Council adopt a sunset provision to reduce the exposure of the City to First Amendment challenges. The order is currently set to expire when the Council terminates the emergency declaration of May 30 related to the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.
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