Citizens of Meridian Comment on Fortune-Telling Ban

June 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

City Council may have decided that they don’t want fortune-telling in Meridian, Mississippi, but the rest of the town isn’t so sure.

Take a look at the WTOK report on citizen reaction to Council’s decision.

People might not be interested in getting a reading themselves, but they don’t like the ban. Especially if it draws a lawsuit for being unconstitutional.

Dana Jones of Meridian has started a petition asking that Council reverse its decision. If you’re from the area, you might want to sign.

Comments posted on both her petition page and the WTOK report seem to support lifting the prohibition.

I don’t know that they’re actually representative of the general population, but they’re clearly concerned about the influence of personal religious beliefs on political decision-making.

Council may have thought that they closed this issue last Tuesday, but it might not be done yet.

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Meridian, Mississippi Votes to Keep Ban on Fortune-Telling

June 23rd, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Meridian, Mississippi City Council voted 3 to 2 on Tuesday, to maintain the city’s 38-year ban on fortune-telling, despite the risk of facing a potential lawsuit.

After months of debate, public input, and considerable soul searching, council’s made their final decision.

At least for now.

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Meridian, Mississippi Revisits Fortune-Telling Issue

May 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

It looks like Meridian, Mississippi might just lift their ban on fortune-telling businesses after all.

Though City Council voted last April to maintain the 38 year old ban, just this week, the issue was revisited.

This time round, instead of only one voice in opposition to the ban, the majority of the Council seems to support the change.

It’s not that they support psychics, so much as they fear having a lawsuit brought against them for trying to enforce an unconstitutional law.

If the ban is lifted, council intends to have psychic or fortune-telling businesses restricted to particular areas of the city, not just to particular business zones.

Action will likely be taken over the next couple of council meetings.

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Fortune-Telling Law Updates …

March 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Seal of Carroll County, Maryland

Carroll County Seal

Some follow-ups in fortune-telling legal news …

It looks like the 38 year-old ban on fortune-telling in Carroll County, Maryland is about to end.

Last week, the repeal measure won approval from the Senate and House of Delegates.

It’s next step is to be reviewed by Governor Martin O’Malley.

Since the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled last year that bans on fortune-telling businesses violate the First Amendment, such laws have been facing opposition across the country.

Harford County, Maryland repealed its 31-year old prohibition just last week.

And Meridian County, Mississippi is likely to follow suit.

The City Attorney’s office has been asked to draw up a repeal motion to be presented to Council in April.

And in Pompano, Florida, City Council is considering changing their law to allow fortune-telling businesses to operate in the general business districts.

Presently, such establishments are relegated to light-medium industrial areas, alongside strip clubs and pet hotels.

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Fortune-Telling Ban May Lift in Meridian, Mississippi

February 19th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Meridian, Mississippi

Meridian, Mississippi

The city of Meridian, Mississippi is taking steps to lift a ban on fortune telling and palmistry businesses.

According to the Meridian Star, the law presently states that,

“It shall be unlawful for any person within the corporate limits of the city to carry on the business of telling fortunes or to carry on the trade, business or profession of phrenology, clairvoyance, palmistry or other business of like kind or nature in which the future of any person is foretold or attempted to be foretold.”

Questions about the constitutionality of this prohibition have come into question, leading City Council this past week to ask its attorney to draw up an order to rescind it.

Similar laws have recently been struck down in Michigan, Georgia and Maryland.

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