Council could appeal controversial security guard ordinance
Published: January 24,2012
JACKSON — The Jackson City Council could repeal a controversial law requiring convenience stores to hire security guards as soon as next month.
The law hasn’t been enforced since the council passed it 4-2 in September, because it doesn’t list any penalties for violating it. Under the law, 24-hour convenience stores have to keep a security guard on duty from midnight to 5 a.m.
Former Councilman Kenneth Stokes proposed the law in an effort to make those stores safer in the wake of a string of shootings. But opponents have complained it unfairly imposes costly restrictions on a particular set of businesses.
The Clarion-Ledger reports Councilman Quentin Whitwell is pushing for its repeal, saying the ordinance was poorly thought out.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- UMMC reaching out after death of high school football player
- UPDATED: Jackson agrees to repay HUD $1.5 million for Farish Street blunders
- Mad Genius, Eyevox owner acquires Mississippi Film Studios
- Gov. Bryant intervening in same-sex couple's divorce
- Vicksburg mayor marries during lunch break
- Mississippi River mayors announce 'seed money' for waterfront developments
- McDaniel files legal arguments as he looks to overturn Cochran loss
- Tragedy for Jackson Prep: Football player Walker Wilbanks dies
- City leaders vote against offering insurance to one adult, possibly same-sex partner