Hattiesburg has had an ordinance prohibiting fortune telling since 1925, but it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that this law won’t be on the books much longer.
City Attorney Charles Lawrence recommended that the City Council repeal the ordinance in today’s meeting after a federal court handed down a preliminary injunction that the ban is “a violation of free speech.”
The injunction came after the city banned a Hattiesburg couple from opening a fortune telling business in November.
“So that’s all we’re doing, right?,” asked City Council President Kim Bradley during a work session Monday. “We’re not necessarily creating something that would allow fortune telling?”