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05/27/04

City Changes Ordinance Wording to Avoid Suit

Savannah City Council is changing the wording of two city ordinances to avoid a lawsuit from the ACLU. The group feels the new parade ordinance and the revenue ordinance put an unnecessary burden on people who want to use city facilities.

At today's city council meeting, small changes were made to try to stop any problems that may be considered a violation of freedom of speech, but at the same time protect the safety of the general public.

Mayor Johnson says there is still a chance the ACLU can sue. "We don't know, because they have a right to sue whether it makes sense or not," he said. "But we have put forward good faith and effort to address their concerns."

The city council approved the changes to the ordinances and will contact the ACLU to inform them.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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