- Associated Press - Saturday, December 24, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The Fayetteville City Council has amended the city’s laws on panhandling to bring them in line with recent federal court rulings.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2ioS9xN ) the new laws remove any language that prohibits panhandling, peddling, vending or soliciting donations on a street, sidewalk or park. The laws do prohibit - for safety reasons - standing or walking in the street unless there’s a crosswalk.

Organizers of charitable events, such as the Fire Department’s “Fill the Boot” campaign, will be required to obtain a permit to approach cars stopped on the street.

The changes come after a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that cities can’t regulate speech based on its content and a federal judge’s later ruling to throw out a Springfield, Illinois, city law that banned panhandling.

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Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.nwaonline.com


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