Michelle Bruch

Residents might soon be free to boogie on the streets

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Hundred-dollar fines for dancing in the street are nearly at an end, pending City Council approval this week.

Proponents of repealing the 1960s-era law said they want to prevent its misuse. At a public hearing last week, local advocates noted two occasions where the dancing law was the only charge used to arrest people who were homeless with mental health problems.

Mark Anderson of the Barbara Schneider Foundation said the law’s dismissal should be “part of a broader effort to decriminalize mental illness.”

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