- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston has a new ordinance to discourage panhandling.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that (https://bit.ly/1LiWzvb ) the city council passed an ordinance Tuesday prohibiting anyone from passing items to or taking them from a person in a vehicle in traffic.

The city had long had a panhandling ban. But it was challenged last year as a violation of freedom of speech. The new ban is based on the thought that street soliciting is a safety issue.

Violations carry an $1,100 fine and 30 days in jail. It applies to panhandlers but also to those collecting for charity or handing out leaflets.

Attorney Susan Dunn says the new ordinance is probably constitutional. But Dunn says people who need to panhandle to survive will probably just go elsewhere.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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