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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Huffing Ordinance in Iowa

From the Daily Reporter in Iowa:

Earlier this week, the Spencer City Council unanimously voted to enact a huffing ordinance.

One councilman expressed concern that the individuals caught huffing were not getting the treatment they needed. However the police chief noted that the magistrate can order treatment as deemed necessary and that the ordinance was the initial step in getting the individuals into the system. “As written, the city ordinance allows for the magistrate to determine the most appropriate consequence, while the county ordinance has a $150 fine associated with it.

Spencer’s Youth Director pointed out recent studies show that “7% of Spencer 6th, 8th and 11th graders reported huffing within the previous years” while a councilman countered that “7 percent represented about 50 or 60 students and "that's 50 or 60 kids too many."

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