GUSA passes resolution against amended noise law
Introduced by GUSA Speaker Adam Mortillaro (COL ’12) and four other senators, the resolution condemns the law for “instituting unnecessary and unreasonably harsh sanctions for an infraction with an ambiguous standard of behavior.”
In addition, the resolution calls for GUSA to formally submit a letter of protest to the D.C. City Council requesting them to review their decision. GUSA will also request a clarification from the Metropolitan Police Department on its standards of enforcement.
Although not specifically cited in the resolution, GUSA has reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU is currently reviewing the case.
Steve Block, the recently retired legislative director for the ACLU in D.C., was a part of amending the law, submitting testimony and multiple letters. While Block supported revising the District’s disorderly conduct law, he objected to the proposed statute regarding nighttime noise.
Update: GUSA will hold a town hall regarding the law on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Healy Hall.
Full text of the resolution:
Introduced by: Senator Adam Mortillaro, Senator Greg Laverriere, Senator Colton
Malkerson, Senator Marissa Brogger, and Senator Sandy Glassberg
Georgetown University Student Association
In the school year 2010-2011
A RESOLUTION against the “Disorderly Conduct Amendment Act of 2010.”
WHEREAS, the GUSA Senate recognizes the Metropolitan Police Department as an important institution that protects students and residents of the District of Columbia and must take reasonable action in fulfilling this mission.
WHEREAS, Article 1, Section 7 of the GUSA Constitution mandates that the Senate “secure the protection of student rights, interests, and free expression”
THE GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SENATE,
CONDEMNS the Disorderly Conduct Amendment Act of 2010 for instituting unnecessary and unreasonably harsh sanctions for an infraction with an ambiguous standard of behavior.
EXPRESSES its belief that this new law is grossly unfair to students engaging in responsible social interaction as a part of the college experience
EXPRESSES its belief that this new law is unjustly intended to target college students in the District of Columbia.
RESOLVES to formally submit a letter of protest on behalf of the GUSA Senate to the District of Columbia City Council requesting a review of the law, requesting a clarification from the Metropolitan Police Department regarding its own standards for the enforcement of the law.
RESOLVES to take any possible legal action to challenge and overturn the act.