Bremerton, Washington chicken enthusiasts received what they wanted all along Wednesday night: The ability to legally raise hens in the city, brought about by city council action instead of a citizens’ initiative.
The city council voted 6-3 to allow residents to keep up to four hens per property. That vote came after the council voted 6-3 to make June 30, 2012 the end date for the ordinance.
The sunset clause was designed as a mandate for the city to revisit what is — or is not — working with the ordinance, or to let it go away.
Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/nov/03/supporters-count-their-chickens-now-that-law-is/#ixzz14omNXs6H
Thanks, Steven Gardner, for your coverage of the issue. The headline reflects the imagery that chickens inspire -- such rich material! Everyone wants to have some fun.
The idea of a Sunset Clause is a good one for chicken enthusiasts who are encountering opposition to making chickens legal in their towns. It might be a way to open the door and give chickens a chance.