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Newsrack Ban Idea Returns

County Commission To Consider Las Vegas Strip Ordinance

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A proposal by Clark County commissioners to ban news racks on the Las Vegas Strip is drawing criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union and rack owners.

Commissioners, who are set to consider the issue at their Nov. 5 meeting, argue the removal of several hundred racks is needed to rid sidewalks of obstacles that disrupt pedestrian traffic.

But rack owners say they’re being unfairly targeted under the pretense of public safety because of some of the adult publications they carry. The ACLU maintains the proposed ordinance is overly restrictive.

Commissioner Steve Sisolak, whose district covers a portion of the Strip, says he’s willing to discuss a compromise plan that would only target news racks in high-congestion areas.

Commissioners say the proposal is part of an attempt to clear sidewalks by moving trash cans, fire hydrants and utility poles.

 

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