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Record #: O2014-877   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 2/5/2014 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Finance
Final action: 5/20/2015
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 9-108 regarding licenses for horse-drawn carriages
Sponsors: Burke, Edward M.
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 9 - Vehicles, Traffic & Rail Transportation - Ch. 108 Horse-Drawn Carriages
Attachments: 1. O2014-877.pdf
Related files: R2015-407

WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a home rule unit government pursuant to the 1970 Illinois Constitution, Article VII, Section 6(a); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to its home rule power, the City of Chicago may exercise any power and perform any function relating to its government and affairs including the power to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals, and welfare; and

WHEREAS, horse-drawn carriages operating on busy city streets raise public safety, sanitary, and animal welfare issues; and

WHEREAS, there are numerous documented incidents involving horse-drawn carriages operating in congested urban environments; and

WHEREAS, horse-drawn carriages have been banned in Biloxi, Mississippi; Camden, New Jersey; Palm Beach, Pompano Beach, Key West, and Treasure Island, Florida; and

WHEREAS, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed to ending the practice in New York City; NOW THEREFORE


SECTION 1. The above recitals are expressly incorporated herein and made part hereof as though fully set forth herein.

SECTION 2. Chapter 9-108 of the Municipal Code of Chicago is hereby amended by inserting the language underscored and deleting the language stricken through, as follows:

(Omitted text is unaffected by this ordinance)

9-108-030 Application Renewal prohibited.

(a) No horse-drawn carriage license shall be renewed.

(a) Applicants holding horse drawn carriage licenses which were issued by the commissioner of business affairs and consumer protection prior to the effective date of this ordinance may apply for renewal of such licenses within 15 days following the effective date of this ordinance. Licenses so renewed shall be effective during the initial

licensing period and shall terminate on the thirty first day of December following their issuance.

(b) Application for renewal of horse drawn carriage licenses for the initial license period shall be made in writing, ...

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