ACLU challenge forces delay
The enforcement of the new no solicitation zone ordinance in downtown Colorado Springs has been delayed. The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance.
There will be an evidentiary hearing December 13th at 9 a.m. in Federal District Court in Denver. The ordinance was supposed to take effect December 2nd. City leaders confirm that the city changed the effective date to December 19th.
ACLU Legal Director Mark Silverstein says, "We are pleased that Colorado Springs has taken steps to postpone the effective date of the ordinance. That provides the court more time to consider our evidence, review the case law and issue a ruling before First Amendment activity is banned in the Downtown No-Solicitation Zone."
The new ordinance covers 12 city blocks of downtown Colorado Springs, including Acacia Park.
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