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Heath Council extends teen curfew ordinance

By J.J. Smith. The Heath City Council extended the City’s teen curfew ordinance for at least three more years at their Council meeting last Tuesday.

Approved by a 3-2 margin, the ordinance prohibits minors under 17 years old from being in a public place on weekdays between 12:01 am and 6 am, and between 1:01 a.m. and 6 a.m. on weekends.

It first became effective in 2004 and was renewed for three more years in 2007.

Council members Robert Hille, Karen Lewis and Rich Krause voted in favor of the extension. Lorne Liechty and Steve McKimmey voted against it. Mayor John Ratcliffe and Julie Zurek were absent.

Public Safety Chief Terry Garrett spoke in favor of the ordinance prior to the vote, stating there were no violations of the ordinance last year and that it gives police officers “a tool to use if needed.”

Despite Garrett’s support for the ordinance, Mayor Pro Tem Liechty said it  is a “completely unnecessary law.”

“This ordinance was passed as you put it, and as your predecessor put it, because police wanted another tool in your arsenal to deal with issues,” he said.

“Frankly, I think it’s parents’ rights and duty to watch over their kids and to me, the idea of being outside being a crime any time of the day, I don’t get it.”

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1 Response for “Heath Council extends teen curfew ordinance”

  1. Zach says:

    I agree with Tem Liechty. Declaring when a person can be cited for being outside, is another strike against freedom. Texas is very much going downhill.

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