- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - Bay City officials have approved new regulations for panhandling.

The Bay City Times reports (https://bit.ly/1L3Lujg ) the City Commission this week approved an ordinance amendment defining panhandling and locations where it’s illegal. The measure comes after the Bay City authorities saw an increase in panhandling in the past year.

City Manager Rick Finn says: “I wouldn’t say that we have a big problem with panhandling right now, but we’re not happy with it.”

The regulations ban panhandling between sunset and sunrise. So-called aggressive panhandling also is prohibited, including blocking a person’s path; following a person; using profane or abusive language; and panhandling in a group of two or more.

Commissioner Andrew Niedzinski voted against the regulations, saying he wanted the city to include a way to assist people who are panhandling.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city


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