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Parkersburg mayor says judge likely to block city's ban on panhandling
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 6:41 AM EDT
Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell says a federal judge likely will block the city's ban on panhandling.
Newell tells The Parkersburg News and Sentinel that the judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking the ordinance. He expects the injunction to become permanent this week.
The ordinance prohibits soliciting charitable donations on public sidewalks and pedestrian walkways.
Newell says the ordinance's intent was safety, not to discourage panhandlers. But it targets money and ignores other forms of solicitation, which Newell says could extend to people carrying roadside advertising.
Information from: News and Sentinel (Parkersburg, W.Va.), http://www.newsandsentinel.com