Less than a week after groundbreaking for a new temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brigham City, members of the Brigham City Council are talking about creating free speech zones. At a regular council meeting City Manager Bruce Leonard, Police Chief Paul Tittensor and City Attorney Kirk Morgan told council members that such a law was necessary for public safety and to ensure first amendment rights for potential demonstrators. According to the Box Elder News Journal, the proposed law would allow enforcement to plan and prepare space which could mean cordoning off sections of street or sidewalk specifically for use by demonstrators. Leonard said the city has a long standing policy that large groups of demonstrators need to advise the city of their plans so that the city can make clear the expected behavior of the demonstrators. Chief Tittensor said the new law would allow the city to provide a space for free speech where there is not one, a place that is reasonable and safe. There will be a public hearing on the issue at the next council meeting.
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