ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta’s city council has approved a new ordinance aimed at cracking down on aggressive panhandling.
The council’s unanimous vote Monday night comes after Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed vetoed an earlier measure.
CBS Atlanta reports (
http://bit.ly/ShOazT) that the ordinance approved Monday is a compromise between the mayor and Councilman Michael Julian Bond.
Under the new ordinance, panhandlers would be forbidden from soliciting people for money within 15 feet of a building entrance or exit and repeatedly harassing a person after being rejected.
Anyone caught aggressively panhandling would go to jail for 30 days after the second offense; and 90 days after the third conviction.
Information from: WGCL-TV,
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