Parkersburg City Council voted to uphold a ban on fortune-telling this week, despite a formal request from a local entrepreneur to do away with the decades-old law.
Last month, Heather Cooper approached council about repealing the 1906 anti-divinity measure, which forbids the practice of any “trade or profession having as its object the foretelling of happenings of future events.”
Cooper, who is a tarot card reader trying to open a metaphysical shop, discovered the troublesome code when it prevented her from being able to obtain a business license to practice her trade.
When she first approached council, members appeared to be open to the possibility of changing the ordinance. However, Tuesday evening council members voted 5 to 3 to keep the law in place (with one council member absent).
It’s unclear what will happen with Cooper’s business as a result of this decision.