[Hpn] Cities crack down on panhandlers

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
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Cities crack down on panhandlers
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Published: Jan. 23, 2008

NEW YORK, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. cities are cracking down on panhandling, =
with a dozen bans against begging passed nationwide and more pending.

Cities from Medford, Ore., to Orlando, Fla., have barred panhandling, =
and rules are close to adoption in Texas, Hawaii, North Carolina and =
Washington, USA Today said. Efforts to redevelop downtown areas and =
cater to tourists are partly behind the push, Maria Foscarinis, =
executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and =
Poverty, told USA Today.

"No one likes to see destitute people in the city center," she said. "No =
one likes to walk down the street and be asked for change."

Some panhandling rules have been struck down, including one in Oregon, =
because courts agreed they infringe on constitutionally protected =
speech.

"We believe that people have a right to beg, and citizens have a right =
to give or not to give," Michael Stoops, acting director of the =
Washington-based National Coalition for the Homeless, told USA Today.









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