Leavenworth, Kansas Considers Repealing Ban on Fortune-Telling

January 26th, 2012 § 2 comments

Seal for the City of Leavenworth, Kansas

Leavenworth, Kansas

Last week, city commissioners in Leavenworth, Kansas began discussing the possibility of repealing a city ban on fortune-telling that’s been on the books for ages.

Presently, the ordinance states that it is ‘unlawful for any fortuneteller, palmist, phrenologist or clairvoyant to carry on or practice his business, trade or profession within the city.’

Commissioners are considering repealing this law, and instead regulating psychic businesses through licensing, zoning, and possibly criminal background checks.

The whole discussion surrounding the ban came about after a Leavenworth resident requested last December that it be repealed.

The ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri backed up the resident’s request by notifying city officials that psychic speech was protected under the First Amendment.

No decision has yet been made, but further discussion will take place after commissioners have had time to review their options.

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