City Council to re-pitch panhandling ordinances

Boise - The Idaho StatesmanJuly 26, 2013 

This time around, the Boise City Council will hold an official public hearing on two proposed laws designed to stop people from harassing passers-by for money, as well as sitting and lying on sidewalks. 

The last time the issue surfaced, dozens of protesters showed up at City Hall to tell council members they weren't happy about the proposed laws. The city tabled the matter and reworked the ordinances. 

Instead of three separate laws, there are now two. One would prohibit asking people for money or valuables in an aggressive manner, when the person is waiting in line to be admitted to a commercial establishment, within 20 feet of an ATM, bank entrance, sidewalk cafe, street vendor, public toilet facility, bus stop, taxi stand sign or valet station, among other restrictions.

The second ordinance would make obstructing sidewalks, the Boise River Greenbelt and other public spaces. 

Violations of these laws would be  infractions with fines in the amount of $61.50, including court costs. A subsequent violation by the same person for sitting or lying within 24 hours would be a misdemeanor. A subsequent violation by the same person for public placement or impeding the pedestrian corridor after one hour would be a misdemeanor.

The public hearing will take place at the council's Tuesday meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. in the council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.

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