(a)   A “protest”, within the meaning of this article, means an organized public demonstration including display of signs, distribution of literature, or verbal speech, conducted by persons stationed before or about any funeral ceremony, procession, or memorial service held in conjunction with the burial or cremation of the dead within one hour prior to, during and two hours following the commencement of a funeral.

(b)   A “city block’’, within the meaning of this article, means a stretch of road or sidewalk concluding on both ends with the intersection of another road or sidewalk.

(Ord. 505; Code 2017)

(a)   Applications for funeral and funeral ceremony Protest Permits must be completed 5 business days prior to protest event. The application shall set forth a time period stating the time the protest will begin and the time it will end. The application shall also set forth the city block on which the protest will take place.

(b)   Only one protest permit may be issued for a city block in one day. If an applicant desires a permit to protest on a city block for which a permit has already been issued, the applicant will be promptly notified by the city clerk and the applicant shall be allowed to choose another city block for the applicant’s proposed protest.

(c)   The fee shall be $30.00 for a funeral and funeral ceremony Protest Permit.

(d)   Upon submission of a complete and valid application and fee, a Protest Permit shall be promptly issued to the applicant.

(Ord. 505; Code 2017)

All fees referred to in this article shall be paid at the office of the city clerk.

(Ord. 505; Code 2017)

Any person(s) who shall conduct protest activities as defined by this article in the City of Rose Hill without a permit shall be punished by fine.

(a)   Fines for first time offenses shall be $50.00, plus court costs.

(b)   Fines for second and subsequent violations, shall be from $50.00 – $300.00, plus court costs.

Each day or portion thereof during which any violation is committed or continued shall constitute a separate offense.

(Ord. 505; Code 2017)

Any applicant denied a Protest Permit, any applicant denied the applicant’s choice of city block for protest, or any person fined under this article shall be allowed a hearing regarding the matter at the next session of the City of Rose Hill’s Municipal Court following the denial or fine.

(Ord. 505; Code 2017)