GJ council to consider revising panhandling ordinance

The Grand Junction City Council tonight will consider revising the ordinance it approved last month limiting panhandling in light of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

City officials said in a news release issued late Tuesday that although the council believes the original ordinance was constitutional, it has requested a revised ordinance that may address some of the claims raised in the lawsuit. Tonight’s meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St.

Among the changes councilors will consider tonight is a clause making clear panhandling limitations apply only to public property, a reduction in the distance a panhandler must be from an ATM from 100 feet to 20 feet, a removal of the restriction of a panhandler being on or within 100 feet of school grounds. Panhandlers also would not longer be banned from soliciting on the highway, or the entrance to or exit from a highway.

The City Council met Monday night in executive session to receive legal advice about the panhandling ordinance.

Read the full story in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel.


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