Hot Springs pan­han­dling ban re­pealed

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - DAVID SHOW­ERS

HOT SPRINGS — The Hot Springs Board of Di­rec­tors has re­pealed the pan­han­dling or­di­nance that has been chal­lenged in fed­eral court.

But an at­tor­ney for the plain­tiff said the law­suit will re­main pend­ing the out­come of a re­place­ment or­di­nance that will go be­fore the board.

On Tues­day, the board unan­i­mously re­pealed the or­di­nance it adopted in Septem­ber in re­sponse to an in­flux of pan­han­dlers so­lic­it­ing money from mo­torists at busy in­ter­sec­tions last sum­mer.

Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union at­tor­ney Bet­tina Brown­stein said she wants to see the re­place­ment or­di­nance be­fore she com­mits to drop­ping the law­suit filed on be­half of Michael Rodgers, who was jailed and fined af­ter hold­ing up a sign ask­ing for money. In the in­terim, she said, ne­go­ti­a­tions with Arkansas Mu­nic­i­pal League At­tor­ney Michael Mosely are on­go­ing.

The Rogers City Coun­cil re­pealed that city’s pan­han­dling or­di­nance last month and re­placed it with one that pro­hibits pedes­tri­ans from ap­proach­ing a ve­hi­cle that is in op­er­a­tion on a pub­lic street. Fort Smith also re­placed its pan­han­dling or­di­nance with a sim­i­lar mea­sure.

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