So here’s a piece of legislation that’ll get squashed like a bug in an FAE blast:
- New ordinances in Gould, Arkansas (The Volokh Conspiracy)
The Gould Citizens Advisory Council by passage of this ordinance is hereby banned from doing business in the City of Gould.
That the said Council is, in effect, causing confusion and discourse [sic] among the citizens of Gould and as a result is contributing to the friction not only between the Mayor and Council but also among the citizens who deserve a cooperative government.
[N]o new organizations shall be allowed to exist in the City of Gould without approval from a majority of the City Council.
And the obligatory Councilcritter, Sonja Farley, defending the above:
“In everything, you have somebody in control over it. In everything,” said Council Member Sonja Farley.
Farley says no matter the group, if you discuss the city at all, the meeting must be approved by the city council.
“You couldn’t just come in here and get with four people and decide you want to start an organization,” said Farley. “You will go through your city council with documentation, the right paperwork and get an approval.”
I particularly like the part where the City Council declares an emergency and claims the above ordinance to be “necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety”. Apparently Oxford commata are for the sorts of bookish nerds who learned what big words like “Constitutional”, “freedom of association”, and “First Amendment” meant and aren’t nearly popular enough to be elected to the Gould City Council.
I like the bit down the comment thread where they try to come up with (municipal) laws more unconstitutional than this one.