Public weighs in on Boise's proposed panhandling ordinances

July 30, 2013 

The Boise City Council on Tuesday night heard from more than 50 people during a nearly four-hour public hearing on the city's proposed ordinances aimed at curbing aggressive panhandling.

Nearly all of the people who spoke before the council opposed the two ordinances.

One ordinance 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 prohibits sitting or lying on sidewalks, the Boise River Greenbelt and other public spaces.

The council was not slated to take any action on the two proposed ordinances at its Tuesday meeting.

"We will take this testimony and the issues under advisement and give adequate notice of where the council is going to go. I don’t believe we will have another hearing," Mayor David Bieter said.

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