- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The city of Portland is getting a 30-day extension to give it more time to decide whether to appeal a federal judge’s rejection of a ban on panhandlers in traffic medians.

The judge ruled that the restriction barring people from loitering on medians was unconstitutional

The city argued that the ordinance was aimed at addressing legitimate public safety concerns. But the plaintiffs said the ordinance was too broad and that the city exaggerated the hazards to justify the ban.

The original deadline for an appeal was March 14. The city now has until April 14 to make a decision.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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