NewsLocal News / March 3, 2020

Panhandling Bill Could Have Impact In Indianapolis

Panhandling Bill Could Have Impact In Indianapolis

A bill to further restrict panhandling is being considered by Indiana lawmakers. 

Panhandling is already illegal in Indiana under certain circumstances -- like near an ATM. The measure before state lawmakers would add that people may not solicit money within 50 feet of any  place that makes “financial transactions” -- including parking meters. 

ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk says that would impact people in Indianapolis.

"This law would make it much more difficult, if not impossible to engage in that type of activity," says Falk. 

Panhandling is protected under the first amendment.

"And what this bill attempts to do is unreasonably restrict that activity," says Falk. 

The language that would further restrict it was added last week.

Groups that spoke in favor say it is bad for downtown business and tourism.

 

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