The D.C. Council voted unanimously today to approve legislation that limits noncommercial amplified noise. The vote in the council’s committee of the whole clears the way for a swift first-reading approval during the council’s legislative meeting later today on May 6.

The bill had been tabled 7-5 on a motion by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans at a Feb. 19 council meeting. The move followed strenuous lobbying from the local AFL-CIO, who held that any noise bill would unduly restrict their abilities to hold union protest rallies.

In response to the move, noise-bill advocates shortly afterward took to the streets with loudspeakers in front of Evans’ Georgetown home early on weekend mornings.

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