10/20/14 – 7:26 A.M.
Findlay could change it’s panhandling laws this year. The Courier reports a proposal has been made to expand a 2006 law to outlaw the practice in public parks and recreation facilities. The current law already prohibits panhandling in several places; like within 20 feet of a bank or on private property.
The 2006 law also requires panhandlers to register with the city. However, the panhandlers often seen on Tiffin Avenue don’t actually meet the definition of a panhandler. City Law Director Don Rasmussen says if people holding signs asking for help are staying on public property, they have a first amendment right to do so.
The increased panhandling regulation
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