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Jackson Faces Changes In Dealing With Its Homeless Population

Jackson Faces Changes In Dealing With Its Homeless Population

The Jackson City Council faced a changing legal environment in dealing with its homeless population. Meeting last night, the Jackson City Council received a report from their city attorney on the legal ramifications of the recently decided Martin V. City of Boise Case, in which the Federal 9 Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a city cannot enact blanket bans on camping on public property. The court ruled that a complete ban essentially makes being homeless a crime into itself, and that city must make allowances for such people. This ruling makes the current ordinance in Jackson which is a blanket ban on all camping on public property, unenforceable. The city will now seek to rewrite its ordinance in order to comply with the ruling. The council also reviewed a draft cemetery desk manual written by the city’s cemetery committee. The manual seeks to answer commonly asked questions about operations at the city cemetery, such as the purchase and availability of plots, history of the site, maintenance and so on. The manual will be up for final approval at the council’s next meeting in two weeks.

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