NORRISTOWN — Rep. Mike Vereb (R-150th Dist.) and Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151st Dist.), along with Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman urged Norristown officials to repeal or modify its controversial nuisance ordinance to protect victims of domestic abuse and discussed possible legislation to ensure that those victims would be protected statewide at a press conference on Tuesday morning.
The ordinance, which is currently being challenged in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union, was adopted in 2008 and permitted the suspension or revocation of a rental license if the police are called to the property three times for disorderly behavior.
“For me, the most important part of today is speaking directly to the victims of domestic violence who are in the community,” said Ferman. “I think it’s so important that they know that they can call the police. They should call the police. They should call for help. We will not allow anything to stand in their way and we will be here to support them.”
“We’re here for victims, to let them know that we’re not going to allow any borough, municipal, or city ordinance get in the way of their access to help,” said Vereb. “We should focus on the goal here. The goal is to get the thugs off of the streets and out of the rental properties.”
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