Tomorrow afternoon, while the noise ordinance is before New Orleans City Council, HB 789 will be up before the House Municipal, Parochial & Cultural Affairs Committee. This is the bill that authorizes the City Council to increase fines for violation of any ordinance to $5000. The current max is $500. This law applies only to Orleans Parish.
HB 789 was initiated by VCPORA/FQC. It is not the Mayor’s legislation. The lame duck City Council unanimously adopted a resolution supporting HB 789. This is part of the VCPORA strategy to turn New Orleans into a boutique city and was part of the failed “Seven Essentials” noise ordinance plan. Now that “criminal” charges are being removed from the noise ordinance, they want to impose crippling fines. Can you imagine the impact of a $5,000 per person fine on a nine piece brass band? That’s $45,000, in a city where the average musician makes just over $17.000 a year.
PLEASE ACT RIGHT NOW!
We need EVERYONE to please contact the following legislators by email and tell them that this is BAD legislation. HB708 will hurt businesses, visitors and residents.
Email Representative Helena Moreno at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know that we are opposed to excessive FINES that will serve as another tool to beat up street musicians, businesses, residents and visitors. Representative Moreno is being used by a small group of the same FQ residents (VCPORA/FQC) who are using every possible angle to achieve their misguided objectives.
Members of the House Municipal, Parochial & Cultural Affairs Committee
CALL OR EMAIL EACH ONE!
CALL THE REPS RIGHT NOW ON HOUSE FLOOR: (225) 342-6945
Send each one an email or call their office (this is effective) asking them to vote against HB 789. Use one or more of the following Talking Points or make up your own.
1. Orleans Parish residents and visitors should not be subjected to higher fines than those in other parishes.
2. HB 789 Applies to All Laws in the City. If HB 789 becomes law,
the City can impose a $5000 fine for the violation of ANY city
ordinance (except traffic cameras). For example, you let your grass
grow too high, $5000 FINE; you put your trash out too early, $5000
3. HB 789 Applies to EVERYONE: Visitors and Residents. Visitors
as well as residents will be subject to these EXCESSIVE fines. We
really shouldn’t pop our visitors and conventioneers when they visit
the city, and we certainly shouldn’t do this to our residents and
4. Bad Precedent. Allowing this to happen sets a very bad precedent.
The other 360 local jurisdictions in Louisiana will be asking for the
same authority soon.
5. Just Another Tax on the People Who Can’t Afford It. Anyone can
see that this is just another tax disguised as a penalty for violating
very minor ordinances.
6. This is BAD POLITICS. It was initiated by a very small group of people in
the French Quarter who want to create a public revenue stream for
their personal civic objectives.
..WE NEED 9 VOTES TO KILL THIS BILL!!
THIS ONLY WORKS IF EVERYONE MAKES A SIMPLE, PHONE/EMAIL CONTACT WITH ALL OF THE ABOVE LEGISLATORS.
ALSO, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD….