- Associated Press - Saturday, May 31, 2014

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - The Jackson Town Council is considering a proposal to tighten the town’s prohibition to camping on public property.

The proposed rule would specifically ban using public property for “living accommodations.”

Town attorneys say the current ordinance contains language that is too broad.

The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports (https://bit.ly/SkMoj9 ) that the council discussed the proposal this past week but postponed making a decision to a future meeting.

Town Councilor Jim Stanford asked whether the ordinance would further alienate homeless people who may be forced to sleep outdoors. Others raised concerns about whether the law would be un-welcoming.

But Councilor Don Frank says illegal camping creates safety concerns and takes up public resources at the expense of other citizens.


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