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The Constitutionality of Assessing Parade-Permit Fees

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Perhaps there is no more visible expression of the right of free speech than citizens marching down a street to make their views on a subject known. From a local government standpoint the parade is not \"free\" because streets have to be rerouted, extra police hours are needed and the cleanup afterwards--all require extra money from the local budget. Many state cities and towns charge a fee for the parade permit to help defray the costs to the local budget. This Bulletin examines the constitutional limitations on charging fees to parade participants and organizers.
Local Government Law Bulletin (NoCar KFN 7830 A15 L6), Vol. Issue 62, Oct 1994, p1-10, f