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Judge: Street performers don’t need permits

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-A U.S. District Court judge ruled Tuesday that street performers do not need to audition or purchase a license to perform in the city of St. Louis.

Judge Catherine D. Perry granted an injunction in the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri’s case, Pence v. City of St. Louis, preventing the enforcement of geographic limits, meaning performers are free to appear at any public location.

A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union against the City of St. Louis challenged the constitutionality of its street performer ordinance which required a permit to perform and specifying where and when performances were allowed.

The city has been regulating street performers since 1997, but last year it upped the permit fee from $25 to $100 dollars, insisting the increase is needed to cover the cost of inspectors checking for permits. It was that increase which led the performers to contact the ACLU.

The court said the ACLU and the city to resolve this case in mediation.

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