- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has dropped its lawsuit against a southwest Missouri community after it repealed an ordinance restricting panhandling.

The ACLU announced the move on Thursday, saying it was voluntarily dismissed as part of a settlement with the city of Bolivar.

The ordinance outlawed aggressive panhandling, such as people walking into traffic and knocking on car windows. It also restricted nonverbal or passive panhandling, which local resident Rick Hill argued was a violation of his constitutional rights.

Hill wore a sign around town that said “I NEED MONEY” after the Bolivar Board of Alderman approved the ordinance in March.

After the board voted last month for repeal, Hill said he was not opposed to the part that banned aggressive panhandling in the town 30 miles north of Springfield.

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