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Holladay weighs new law on pickets

Published January 26, 2008 12:49 am
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Holladay could follow Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County in shuffling protesters away from targeted homes.

Sheriff's Capt. Steve DeBry, who oversees Holladay's police services, has recommended the City Council look at adopting an ordinance that would require pickets to stand at least 100 feet from a targeted residence.

Salt Lake County is poised to give final approval to its residential protesting ban next week. Salt Lake City approved a similar one last year. Both actions were in response to animal-rights protests held outside the homes of University of Utah researchers.

"They have a right to protest, but I think it's a fine line there when they cross over to someone's residence," DeBry said. He noted that none of the researchers targeted by recent protests has been a Holladay resident, but demonstrators in the past have assembled outside homes in this suburb.

The Holladay City Council will discuss the measure at a work meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 4580 S. 2300 East. If council members want to pursue it, the proposed ordinance could be up for a formal vote in February or March.

- Rosemary Winters




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