- Associated Press - Sunday, July 14, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The city council in Montpelier has voted against a measure to ban panhandling in the city.

The Times Argus reports that business owners have complained about people panhandling and hanging out outside their stores and restaurants. One business owner says a surveillance camera has captured drug dealing.

The council had drafted an ordinance to prohibit people from loitering in the streets. But it has been criticized as dehumanizing people who live on the streets. The council voted against the proposal on Wednesday.

Some businesses say a better solution is local resources such as access to shelter and public meals.

The council also voted to continue working with the Social Justice Economic Committee and ensuring that people on the streets have access to information about getting help.

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