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File #: 2043-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/10/2018 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 7/23/2018 Final action: 7/25/2018
Title: To amend sections 525.01 and 525.24 and repeal section 525.23 of the Columbus City Codes in order to allow all non-profit entities to apply for a permit to engage in distribution in the roadway.
Sponsors: Mitchell Brown
Attachments: 1. Chapter 525 Amendment
Explanation

The purpose of this legislation is to amend various sections in Chapter 525 of the Columbus City Codes that governs charitable solicitations in the City of Columbus. Some sections of this chapter pertain to roadway permits for applicable charitable solicitors. Currently, only charitable organizations are allowed to apply for this permit to solicit money. Solicitation is also the only current type of distribution (the exchange, or attempt to exchange, a physical item between two or more individuals) allowed in a roadway in the City, under this chapter, and the only entities allowed to apply for the permit are certified 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court made a unanimous ruling in Reed v. Town of Gilbert that would prevent governments from favoring certain messages on signs from others based on content. This case had far-reaching implications for municipalities across the country in their zoning codes and elsewhere. On advice from the Columbus City Attorney, the City determined that, based on Reed v. Town of Gilbert, it could not enforce the aforementioned portions of Chapter 525 as written, given the potential violations of the First Amendment.

These updates to the code will allow for any non-profit entity (individual or organization) to apply for a permit to engage in distribution in the roadway, using current rules already in place governing these actions.

Working in conjunction with the Columbus City Attorney’s office, Council will consider these amendments to City Code to ensure the health, safety and welfare of Columbus residents, while also continuing to ensure the ability of all citizens to exercise their First Amendment rights.


Title

To amend sections 525.01 and 525.24 and repeal section 525.23 of the Columbus City Codes in order to allow all non-profit entities to apply for a permit to engage in distribution in the roadway.

Body

WHEREAS, various sections in current Chapter...

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