The New Orleans City Council will revisit the "aggressive solicitation" ordinance that prohibits "loiter[ing] or congregat[ing] on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise," according to court records filed last week in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the local law.
On Sept. 21, U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon placed a temporary restraining order — blocking enforcement of the law — after two street preachers sued the city. The two lawsuits were later consolidated into one. A hearing, originally scheduled for Oct. 1, was canceled after a status conference last week, during which an attorney for the city said that council plans to amend the law "in order to address the concerns and issues raised by the plaintiffs in these two lawsuits," according to a summary of the conference. — CHARLES MALDONADO