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An ordinance that would put restrictions on the city’s surveillance capabilities, which was expected to go to a City Council vote this week, has been deferred once again, according to a spokesman for Councilman Jason Williams, who is sponsoring the ordinance.

Last week, advocacy group Eye on Surveillance held a rally outside City Hall to encourage the council to pass the ordinance, which had seen no forward progress since it was first discussed by the council in July. At last week’s rally, organizers said that they expected the ordinance to go to a vote at the Oct. 15 council meeting. That was confirmed by Williams’ chief of staff Keith Lampkin.

But on Monday, Lampkin told The Lens that they will have to defer the ordinance again, and that he expects it to be considered at the next full City Council meeting on Nov. 5, two days after the presidential general election and Louisiana primary elections. Williams’ will appear on that ballot in his run for Orleans Parish District Attorney. 

Lamkin said that the main issue was that they weren’t able to sit down and get the thumbs-up from Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s administration.

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