Yakima Gang Ordinance PassesPosted: Updated:
Yakima, WA - It's official...the Yakima gang ordinance has passed. The Yakima City Council actually voted in favor of the ordinance on Tuesday, but a technicality forced a re-vote. The session Friday took longer than expected...it was supposed to be around ten minutes...but heated debate over the bill kept extended it to two hours. The bill passed by the count of five to one, a passing that was met with mixed reaction from the city council.
Councilman Norm Johnson says, "I think this is another tool for the police, and another took to make Yakima a safer place."
Councilman Neil McClure disagrees. He fought throughout the session to make changes to the bill.
"I worked very hard today to get a better law, for out citizens," McClure said after the vote, "and I'm very disappointed that we now have a weaker law."
This version of the ordinance is just like the one adopted by Sunnyside. Originally the city had their attorneys draft up an ordinance specific to Yakima, but on Tuesday the council decided the new version didn't have everything they wanted. Many people fear that this ordinance will be challenged and will not hold up in a court of law.
The ordinance will officially go into effect in thirty days.