— A day after a federal appeals court in Virginia ruled the government cannot force tourists to show their IDs to enter a park, a new lawsuit is seeking to force Virginia to stop enforcing a law that requires the same.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has filed the lawsuit in U.C.L.A. v.
City of Richmond, seeking to block the law from taking effect this year.
It says the city of Richmond can’t enforce a law requiring all visitors to show identification at a park.
The lawsuit argues that the law is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Virginia has refused to comply with a federal court order seeking to stop the law.
The state has been in the process of enforcing the law since October and has spent $1.7 million since October on enforcing the rule, the lawsuit said.
The law is meant to prevent the homeless from camping in public areas.
It’s also meant to keep out violent criminals, the suit says.
Charlottesville officials have argued that the ordinance would protect park visitors from violence, vandalism and theft.
In March, the city passed a law barring any public gatherings of more than five people at public parks and playgrounds, but the U.K. government, in a challenge, said that the statute was unconstitutional and violated the right to free speech.