Seattle to consider new panhandling law

  • Sun Apr 18th, 2010 9:33pm
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Associated Press

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council is considering a measure to prohibit aggressive panhandling.

The council is expected to take up the ordinance Monday.

It would ban begging near parking meters or within 15 feet of someone using an ATM.

It would also ban threatening language or gestures. Violators could be fined $50.

KING-TV reports that the ACLU is urging council members not to pass the law.

The group says it could be used to target “undesirable” people who panhandle to support themselves.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has said he will veto the ordinance if it passes with fewer than six votes.