City Desk

Cheh’s Home-Protests Bill on Hold for Now

Turns out Ward 3 Councilmember Mary M. Cheh won't be moving emergency legislation tomorrow to put additional restrictions on residential protests after all.

LL reported Friday, and the Examiner reported today, about Cheh's proposed bill, which aimed to give police the ability to put the kibosh on allegedly hostile protests by a group called Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty. Labor and civil-rights groups raised immediate questions.

She did not cite those concerns this morning, when, at a council press conference, Cheh told reporters she won't be pressing the issue at tomorrow's council meeting. She explained that she has met with police and there's been an effort to clarify how existing laws can be enforced. "Given that there's been movement there," she says, "what I will do is I will not move forward on Tuesday."

Cheh says she still plans to explore permanent legislation when the new council term begins in January.

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