Anticipating convention, Bloomington considers demonstration permits
The city of Bloomington may begin requiring demonstration permits in anticipation of the Republican National Convention in September. The suburb has never before had to enact such a requirement, but its many hotels will host delegates and media in the Twin Cities for the convention. The Mall of America may also be a target for protesters.
Bloomington’s city council will vote on the proposed ordinance Monday night. If it passes, the city will require a permit for assemblies on public land involving at least 25 people gathered for a common purpose; for any planned movement of people, animals or vehicles on public streets or walkways that could interfere with traffic or pedestrians; and for certain outdoor gatherings on private property. Public assembly permits would have an $80 base fee.