GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — It’s soon expected to be OK to be willfully annoying in Grand Rapids.
The City Commission is nixing a 38-year-old section of city code that states “no person shall willfully annoy another person.”
City Attorney Catherine Mish said the wording is “unconstitutionally vague” and “unenforceable,” according to a copy of her recommendation to repeal the language.
“In my opinion, the City Code language stating that no person shall ‘willfully annoy another person’ is subject to a variety of interpretations,” the recommendation reads in part. “The City Code section, as currently written, does not provide a person of ordinary intelligence a reasonable opportunity to know what is prohibited.”
A final decision on cutting the language is expected March 11.
Even with the change, related crimes such as obstructing someone in a public place or assault will still be on the books.
Mish has been scouring city code to find archaic rules, the Grand Rapids Press reports. Last year, rules that got a look included one prohibiting people from riding horses on a sidewalk and another allowing jail time for failing to return a library book.