Council Sends Mixed Signal in Noise Vote
After intense and loud debate, the D.C. Council gave initial approval yesterday to noise legislation that would quiet demonstrators in residential neighborhoods but allow them to pump up the volume downtown and in front of hotels.
The controversial Noise Control Protection Amendment Act of 2008 had been tabled by a narrow majority in February. Under amendments approved yesterday in an 8 to 5 vote, it would restrict noncommercial public speech during the day to no greater than 80 decibels or 10 decibels above the ambient noise level when measured from 50 feet.
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