Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Panhandling ban passes Council on first read

Posted by on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

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A ban on all solicitation — even passively sitting with a sign asking for spare change — is likely to go into effect in the core downtown area on Dec. 2.

City Council passed a no panhandling/solicitation ordinance on first read last night. The vote was 8-1, with Councilor Val Snider casting the no vote.

More than a dozen people spoke on the issue, with many in support. Others said an all-out ban wasn't the right solution, but agreed panhandling was causing problems.

City Council will need to vote once more on the issue before it moves on to become law.

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