- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) - The southwestern Wyoming city of Green River is considering an ordinance that would ban panhandling and camping in town.

The Rock Springs Rocket-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1SJ2qgn ) that the Green River City Council on Tuesday passed a first reading of a proposed ordinance that would limit disorderly conduct in public places.

If passed, the ordinance classify disorderly conduct as fighting or other violent or tumultuous conduct, loitering and prowling or wandering any public place without lawful business with or consent of the owner or occupant.

The ordinance will face a second reading in two weeks, with a final reading expected after the new year.

Police say Green River has a gap in enforcement options involving disturbances by transients. They say officers have little power to handle loitering in public areas.

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Information from: Rock Springs (Wyo.) Rocket-Miner, http://www.rocketminer.com

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