Huntington, West Virginia Repeals ‘Fortune-Telling’ Ban

July 10th, 2024 Comments Off on Huntington, West Virginia Repeals ‘Fortune-Telling’ Ban

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Looks like another ‘fortune-telling’ ban has fallen by the wayside. Less than a month after the Norfolk, Virginia City Council repealed their ‘fortune-telling’ ban, Huntington, West Virginia is doing the same.

According to Channel 13 News, on Monday night, Huntington City Council voted 9-2 to repeal Section 529 of the Huntington City Code which had stated, “No clairvoyant, fortune-teller, palmist, phrenologist or person of similar pretensions or profession shall ply or practice his trade or profession in the city for gain.

Assistant Huntington City Attorney Sam Ransbottom had recommended the repeal, arguing that the law had developed on this issue since the ban was first enacted. Ransbottom warned that leaving it on the books would open Huntington City up to potential lawsuits.

Looks like Council agreed.

Since Monday’s vote was the second reading of the ordinance, repeal of the ban took effect immediately.

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