New Albany approves tougher panhandling limits

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 21, 2013 at 7:38 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) -- A southern Indiana city has approved tighter restrictions on panhandling in response to complaints about people cornering pedestrians while begging for money.
 
The ordinance approved Thursday by the New Albany City Council bars aggressive panhandling within 20 feet of public buildings, schools and ATMs.
 
Councilwoman Shirley Baird sponsored the ordinance. She tells the News and Tribune (http://bit.ly/1fvWJiz ) her measure isn't an attack on the poor, but is a way to provide additional safety for residents of the Ohio River community.
 
Baird says panhandlers sometimes approach people against their will or corner them in a place where the person being solicited feels uncomfortable. She says that's "frightening, especially for a woman."
 
Police Maj. Keith Whitlow says the ordinance likely won't decrease the number of homeless people living in the city.
 

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