Thursday, May 31, 2007

Challenge To Food Distribution Ordinance Settled

A lawsuit (see prior posting) challenging a Jacksonville, Florida city ordinance that requires a permit in order to hand out food to the homeless has been settled. The Florida Times-Union reported last week that Michael Herkov will drop the lawsuit, and, in exchange, the city will enact a new ordinance that will exempt religious activities from the city's permit requirements for handing out food. The new ordinance would exempt "any person motivated by bona fide religious beliefs" protected by state and federal laws from the regulation. The city will also pay Herkov's legal fees. [Thanks to Jacqueline Dowd for the lead.]