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Minneapolis Proposal Requires Clubs To Offer Free Ear Plugs

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new City Council member is proposing an ordinance that would require nearly every music-oriented venue in Minneapolis to make earplugs available to patrons for free.

The ordinance proposed by Jacob Frey is a first of its kind, and would affect about 185 businesses. The ear plugs would also be free for the city and the venues.

The proposal is scheduled for a public hearing April 1.

It’s being pushed by apparel company Locally Grown, Globally Known; the Miracle-Ear Foundation; and 3M.

Attorney Cam Winton, who ran as an independent for mayor this fall, says the government shouldn’t mandate something because it’s a good idea. He says there is a role in society for personal responsibility.

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