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Council clears way for strict new rules during convention--What to expect?

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Cleveland is stepping up security for the RNC. (Source: WOIO) Cleveland is stepping up security for the RNC. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

This week Cleveland City Council took steps to clear the way for sweeping new laws during the Republican National Convention.

The convention won't be held until 2016, and it may be a long time before any new rules get worked out. However, we've found life downtown won't be anything as you know it.

You may get stopped by a police officer for everyday items you have in your purse, or for carrying a backpack.

19 Action News has obtained ordinances passed by Charlotte when that city hosted a convention in 2012.

The security zone included a ban on common objects that could be used as weapons or used to hide weapons. Things like backpacks, aerosol cans, and bottled water, citing that it could be used as a projectile. Even markers and more.

Council president Kevin Kelley says the Feds will help determine what new restrictions get passed here. He says a zone will be set up for protestors, but he also wants to strike a balance between safety and openness.

Councilman Mike Polensek expects some rules to be tougher here since the world is a more dangerous place. 

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