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D.C. Council Withdraws Noise Bill

July 9, 2018

By: Eyasu Delesa

UPDATE:

The Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018 has been withdrawn from the agenda.

Y’all we did it, We won ! DC Stand up ------ #DCorNothing ✨ ✊-- “ Bad things happen when good people do nothing “ - Edmund Burke @trayonwhite ✨ --. ✨ We still must stay strong to maintain the balance of showcasing our culture to this world. This doesn’t mean go crazy with loud amplified sound just because, but should respect all when we do what we do out here in DC/DMV or anywhere around the world. Let’s just take into consideration of others no matter if it’s a speaker or any other freedom of speech ! #ManRespectMan -- ✨ #DCorNothing #DoSomething #SaySomething #StopAmplifiedNoiseAmendmentActof2018

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The D.C. Council will vote on a bill Tuesday that would make it illegal to publicly play sounds that can be heard from more than 100 feet away.

D.C. Councilmembers Anita Bonds, Mary Cheh and Jack Evans introduced the Amplified Noise Amendment Act of 2018 last month in hopes of tightening up noise laws in the District. The current law states the noise is illegal, or too loud, if it can be heard inside the nearest home.

If the new bill is passed,  D.C. police, Metro Transit Police, or National Park Service officers would be able to warn offenders once then fine them $300 if they don't listen, DCist reports. The current maximum fine is $1,000. 

A previous version of the bill included a possible punishment of 10 days in jail, though it's been amended, DCist says.

Many opposed to the bill believe it is targeted at go-go and street performers downtown, many of whom are people of color. 

The D.C. Council votes on this bill today. Thoughts? --

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Some downtown residents have complained that the noise makes it hard to live in the area.

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