- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - Springfield motorists could face a $50 fine for paying panhandlers, which members of the America Civil Liberties Union say may be unlawful.

The Register-Guard reports (http://goo.gl/KKNB0L ) that members of the City Council on Tuesday voiced support for an ordinance that would fine drivers and panhandlers for transferring property while on a road or highway. Councilors didn’t vote and will hold a public hearing on the proposal before they do.

ACLU of Oregon Legal Director Mat dos Santos says the organization will watch any new ordinance Springfield passes, as there are already laws for drivers and pedestrians who create safety hazards and panhandling is protected by the First Amendment. He says if the ordinance passes, the ACLU would like to hear from anyone cited.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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