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Survey: National State and Local Noise Activity

posted on Wed, May 15 2013 12:00 am by Mid-States Region

Community noise can be detrimental to health and can contribute to cardiovascular problems and learning deficits. In the U.S., noise laws vary across the country and sometimes are subject of litigation when they are not content neutral. Depending on the setting, some noise can be regarded as speech or is otherwise protected by the first amendment. There is great variance in how noise is regulated across the country. The following survey highlights governmental responses to noise-related issues as described by the media from October 26, 2012 to May 15, 2013. The survey identifies 135 units of government discussing whether to pass new or adjust existing laws to limit community noise.

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