Anti-Rave Legislation Creates a Stir in the Electronic Dance Community

Nothing like a new, constrictive, anti-dance law to galvanize an army of ravers. A spate of reported drug overdoses — and at least one death — inspired San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma to introduce new legislation that would outlaw raves in California. The text of AB 74 (dubbed “the anti-rave act”) will make it a misdemeanor for anyone to hold a public event with prerecorded music that lasts more than three-and-a-half hours. Possible punishments include a $10,000 fine, or twice the revenue generated by the event — whichever is more. Mostly aimed at outside promoters, the bill doesn’t apply to events that are hosted by a proper venue, so long as they accord with the venue’s business license.

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