- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona city is considering a ban on lying or sitting on its downtown sidewalks.

KNXV-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1PT9gxo ) that the Tempe city council will discuss banning the actions during a Thursday meeting. Groups of people often sit along the city’s main commercial street. Some of them are homeless.

A proposed change to city code would allow a police officer to give a verbal warning to someone lying or sitting on a downtown sidewalk. If the person didn’t move, the officer could charge a $100 fine.

Sidewalk sitting was banned in downtown Tempe until 2014. City documents show downtown patrols have noticed a 200 percent increase in sitting or lying on the sidewalks since the change.

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Information from: KNXV-TV, https://www.abc15.com


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