Springfield City Council

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A bill amending Springfield's Indecent Exposure Ordinance has been approved by City Council.  It requires more complete coverage of women's breasts and also calls for more coverage of both men's and women's buttocks.  The stricter ordinance was presented after a recent rally in which topless participants protested what they said were unequal existing laws.

Councilman Craig Fishel says equality can never be attained anyway.

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A retired Springfield police officer who was seriously injured on the job was greeted with thunderous applause and multiple standing ovations Monday.

Aaron Pearson was honored for three-years of service and commended for his recovery following the events of late January, where he sustained career ending injuries while investigating suspicious activity.

Council member Justin Burnett described Officer Pearson’s recovery as miraculous and an example of “divine intervention” and “skilled medical care”. 


Several Springfield citizens told City Council last night why they support or oppose proposed changes to the city’s indecent exposure ordinance.

The changes, proposed by councilman Justin Burnett would expand the area of the breast that women can’t show in public. The current ordinance requires women to cover their nipples and areolas in public.  Burnett is requesting stricter language that requires women to cover their breasts from the top of the areola down.

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A bill, sponsored by Springfield City Councilman Justin Burnett, would change the city’s indecent exposure ordinance. It will go before council for a first reading tonight, and citizens will have the chance to comment on it. In response to the “Free the Nipple” rallies recently on Park Central Square, Burnett proposes expanding the area of the breast that women can’t show in public.


A bill expected to be decided by Springfield City Council tonight addresses nuisance properties in the city.

On May 26th, council took the first step in dealing with nuisance properties by unanimously passing an ordinance to create a series of penalties for property owners who continue to fail to maintain their property.  It also clarified changes concerning special tax bills and additions to real estate tax bills and codified due-process-of-law provisions for enforcement actions.