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Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes aggressive panhandling bill

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have
prohibited “aggressive” panhandling.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills would
have made it a misdemeanor offense to aggressively solicit someone in a public
place. It would have also prohibited a person from asking for money within 15
feet of a bank entrance or ATM, or on a bus and other public transportation
vehicle.

Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it was unclear what how panhandling is
statewide issue, and because cities and towns would more effectively deal with
such problems.

Brewer issued the veto on Thursday.

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