ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal judge has issued an injunction prohibiting the city of St. Louis from charging more than $50 for individual street performers, or $100 for groups of street performers.
The injunction on Tuesday was in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two performers. The suit claimed a city ordinance is unconstitutional because it requires an audition and license to perform on the street.
The city has agreed to U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry’s order.
The ordinance charges $100 per year for each performer. The ACLU says most cities don’t require a permit and those that do charge far less than St. Louis. ACLU attorney Tony Rothert says he is not familiar with any other city that requires an audition.