Debate reopened: Should GR limit panhandling?

From WOOD TV 8:

After a similar debate failed to pass in 2014, Grand Rapids city commissioners are looking again at a ban on panhandling.

City commissioner representing Grand Rapids’ first ward, Dave Shaffer told WOOD TV that this ordinance would prohibit panhandling city wide during the highest drive times from 5 to 7 pm.

In addition, eight specific Grand Rapids intersections no one would be able to ask for donations at any time of the day.

The ordinance drafted imposes a civil infraction fine for people caught breaking the restrictions.

Four violations would cost $500 in fines or 90 days in jail.

There’s a public hearing on the proposal at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 at City Hall.


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