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NYRA-Southeast Florida Considers Lawsuit Against Curfew Law (and more!)

Written by NYRA May 06, 2009

NYRA’s chapter in Southeast Florida has been working for youth on multiple fronts this month. The chapter has retained prominent Boca Raton attorney Barry Silver to help fight against an unconstitutional youth curfew ordinance in West Palm Beach and is preparing to file a lawsuit in federal court against the city in the near future. The curfew, according to NYRA-SEFL president Jeffrey Nadel, is “incomprehensible and overbroad,” and Silver calls the ordinance “unconstitutionally vague” and impossible to legally enforce. The probable lawsuit comes after meetings with the city attorney, commissioners and mayor failed to convince them to rescind the ordinance.

In addition to fighting the curfew, NYRA-SEFL is also campaigning to lower the voting age in Florida to 16. Chapter representatives traveled to the state capital, Tallahassee, for two days at the end of March for a series of promising meetings with several legislators and aides to discuss youth suffrage. Most were in agreement with the idea or were receptive.

For more information on what the chapter is up to, follow them on Twitter.

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