State College Nuisance Ordinance

Borough proposing to hold hosts responsible for illegal activities of party guests

Attorneys/Firms: Valerie Burch (ACLU-PA)

On October 30, 2009, the ACLU of Pennsylvania sent a letter to the State College Borough Council warning the council that provisions of a "nuisance gathering ordinance" it is considering are unconstitutional. The ordinance would hold hosts responsible for the illegal activities of people who attend their parties. After receiving a second letter from the ACLU, the State College Borough Council decided to postpone voting on the ordinance until February 2010.

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