Baltimore City Council delays vote on panhandling bill

Panhandling Baltimore City Council delays vote on panhandling billBALTIMORE – The Baltimore City Council has opted to wait until later this month to vote on a bill that would curb panhandling in Baltimore City.

On Monday night, Councilwoman Rikki Spector, the bill’s sponsor, asked that discussion of the new bill be tabled until the council’s November 18th meeting.

WBAL reports that an amendment was introduced on Monday night limiting panhandling to just five feet from parking meters and ten feet from outdoor restaurant tables.

The amendment was introduced after the American Civil Liberties Union and other lawmakers voiced concerns that the bill could be unconstitutional.

During Monday night’s meeting, about a dozen people protested as the council was about to take up discussion of the bill. One individual had to be escorted out of the council chambers.

The Downtown Partnership, which is in favor of the bill, says the measure is all about respecting those who can’t immediately leave a particular area when solicited for cash.

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