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Baltimore City Council Passes Bill Repealing Ordinance That Prohibits Kids From Playing In The Street

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- The Baltimore City Council on Monday passed a bill that would repeal a city ordinance banning people from playing in city streets and alleys.

The bill, which was first introduced in September 2018, removes the restriction on people playing ball, flying a kite or throwing stones while in the street.

The Baltimore Police Department had expressed concerns about the bill, saying in a letter filed with the council that despite its good intentions, the legislation, "could have the unintended consequence of putting children in jeopardy of being struck
by a passing vehicle."

The police department also said it believes throwing a stone or other object while in the street should still be prohibited.

Current city code puts forth a $5 fine for those who violate the current ordinance.

The bill now heads to Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young's desk for his signature.

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