City Set To Strike Down Ban On Being Annoying

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 4, 2014) It may soon be OK to be annoying in Grand Rapids, Mich., as the City Commission prepares to scrap a 38-year-old section of city code that states "no person shall willfully annoy another person."

City Attorney Catherine Mish recommended the commission repeal the language, saying the wording is "unconstitutional in terms of being vague" and "simply unenforceable."

A final decision is expected March 11.

Even with the change, related crimes such as obstructing someone in a public place or assault would still be on the books.

Mish has been scouring city code to find archaic rules.

Last year, rules that got a second look included one prohibiting people from riding horses on a sidewalk and another allowing jail time for failure to return a library book.

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