there are no longer laws on the books in the United States which
directly name Roma or Gypsies, some local codes are still in place
that many say are targeted directly at Roma populations. In fact,
the city of Spokane passed a municipal code on May 14, 1984 that
makes it illegal to engage in fortunetelling, palmistry, or clairvoyance
for money-making purposes.
similar law in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho was passed in 1957, although
it is unclear whether or not that law is still in place. The Spokesman-Review
reported on February 27, 2001 that the city council was considering
repealing that code. In that article, the Spokesman-Review related
that some council members were hesitant to repeal the law, and quoted
one as saying, "My concern is the groups that we used to refer
to as Gypsies."
10 Regulation of Activities
Division I Penal Code
Chapter: 10.19 Miscellaneous Offenses
Listing 10.19.020 Vagrancy.
No person may:
ask for or receive compensation, gratuity, or reward for practicing
fortunetelling, palmistry, or clairvoyance;
B: keep premises where lost or stolen property is concealed;
C: solicit money or anything of value on public property without
a license as provided in Chapter 10.42; or
D: lodge in any building or vehicle without the permission of the
owner or other person in possession.