- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas City Council has approved more flexible food-safety requirements and a $250,000 payment as part of a legal settlement agreement with homeless support groups.

The Dallas Morning News reports (https://bit.ly/1vGo6f7 ) council members adopted the new rules on Wednesday. They removed a mandate that anyone feeding people for free notify the city in advance and provide running water and bathrooms. The new ordinance requires people to notify the city if they feed more than 75 people and to at least provide hand sanitizer.

The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty helped draft the policy and represented two ministries in a lawsuit against the city that began seven years ago.

A law center spokesman says its clients wanted to feed the homeless for religious reasons and he is pleased with the settlement.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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