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The Metro Council is working on a proposal to limit motel crime amid recent violence

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – After yet another tragedy at the beleaguered OYO Hotel, city and parish leaders are pledging to bring forward a proposal to regulate high-crime businesses.

But finding a solution is much easier said than done, especially since this isn’t the first time the city has attempted to craft a law like this.

City and parish leaders have spent the past few months developing a new plan to tackle crimes that continue to occur at some motels, but it could take some time before a fix is ​​put in place. .

Police lights and crime scene tape have become a fixture at the OYO Hotel and other Baton Rouge motels.

The murder of a 2-year-old baby allegedly at the hands of his own father is just the latest example of what leaders are calling a growing problem.

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“We need to address these persistent crimes that are happening in these places and put an end to them,” said Laurie Adams, Councilwoman for District 11.

An ordinance was created in 2018 that gave the council the power to revoke or suspend a hotel or motel license after a number of criminal activities. However, leaders say the law contains many problems that prevent them from using it properly.

“The city ordinance is very complicated, and it really needs to be changed and start all over again,” District Attorney Hillar Moore said.

Adams, whose neighborhood contains the OYO Hotel, takes it upon himself to propose a new law to control these properties. She said they were still in the research phase, but she gave an overview of how the new law works. This includes creating a fluid system for notifying council leaders of any sex trafficking, drug offenses and other criminal activity that occurs.

“We have to find a way to find a way to create a mechanism that will trigger and let the administration and the council know that we have these hotels that have had a number of incidents that occur over a short period of time. of time,” Adams explained.

She pointed out that there were a few shortcomings on the app side that they needed to fix as well.

“If you showed up for an administrative hearing and lost your license, there’s nothing stopping you from coming back the next day and reapplying,” Adams added.

Leaders say the goal is not to shut down businesses. They just want to make sure the right people are held accountable.

“It just creates additional urgency to complete our research and put something on the table,” Adams noted.

“I know it’s frustrating for everyone here, but we’re working on it,” Moore added.

There is no timeline on when this new law will be finalized, but once it is, it will be submitted to the metro board for approval.

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