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CITY OF WOODBURY WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA ORDINANCE NO. 1818

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CITY OF WOODBURY WASHINGTON COUNTY, MINNESOTA ORDINANCE NO. 1818

TARGETED PICKETING IN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS

The City Council of the City of Woodbury, Washington County, Minnesota does hereby ordain as follows:

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Section A. Definitions. For the purpose of this section, the term "Targeted Residential Picketing" means:

(1) marching, standing, or patrolling by one or more persons directed solely at a particular residential building in a manner that adversely affects the safety, security, or privacy of an occupant of the building; or

(2) marching, standing, or patrolling by one or more persons which prevents an occupant of a residential building from gaining access to or exiting from the property on which the residential building is located; or

(3) standing, marching, patrolling or picketing by one or more persons focused in front of or adjacent to a particular residential dwelling without the consent of that dwelling's occupants.

Section B. Purpose. The City has an interest in the protection of residential privacy, the well being and tranquility of the home, and protecting citizens from unwanted speech when they are a captive audience within their homes. The City Council finds that, without resorting to targeted residential picketing, ample opportunities exist for those otherwise engaged in targeted residential picketing to exercise constitutionally protected freedoms of speech and expression.

Section C. Prohibited Activity. No person shall engage in targeted residential picketing within the City.

Section D. Violation. Any person who engages in targeted residential picketing within the City is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Section E. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and publication according to law.

Adopted by the City Council for the City of Woodbury this 22nd day of April, 2009.

William Hargis

ATTEST:

Clinton Gridley, City Administrator

The City of Woodbury is subject to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities. The City is committed to full implementation of the Act to our services, programs, and activities. Information regarding the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act is available from the City Administrator's office at 651-714-3500. Auxiliary aids for disabled persons are available upon request at least 72 hours in advance of an event. Please call the ADA Coordinator, at 651-714-3500 (TDD 714-3568) to make arrangements.

(Published in the Woodbury Bulletin on Wednesday, April 29, 2009).

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