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Council Approves Noise Bill, or Does It?

UPDATED: Full story on Noise vote...

The D.C. Council gave final approval today to a heavily amended noise bill in a 9 to 4 vote after a hard-hitting lobbying campaign by labor unions that several council members described as mean-spirited and unfairly targeted at two members who are up for reelection.

The Noise Control Amendment Act was so changed from its initial draft that the main supporters -- Council members Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) -- abandoned it. The two council members were joined by members David A. Catania (I-At Large) and Carol Schwartz (R-At Large) as dissenters.

Under the amended legislation, noncommercial public speech during the day would be restricted to no greater than 80 decibels or 10 decibels above the ambient noise level when measured from the nearest an occupied residence.

The initial legislation used 70 decibels as a barometer and did not require measurement from an occupied residence.

The legislation is pending the mayor's signature and congressional review.

More to come.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  June 3, 2008; 1:59 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council  
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