- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - Grand Junction city councilors have unanimously approved changes to their panhandling ordinance after a legal challenge.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (https://tinyurl.com/owontpv) councilors removed a prohibition on knowingly panhandling from at-risk individuals and near school grounds. It also reduced a no-begging zone around bus stops and automatic tellers from 100 to 20 feet.

Soon after the ordinance was adopted in February, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal suit claiming discrimination.

ACLU spokesman Mark Silverstein said Thursday the changes are an improvement, but still do not resolve issues that include restrictions that limit when people can ask for money and limits on distances from ATM machines.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, https://www.gjsentinel.com

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