Rutland Town restricts panhandlers
An ordinance that takes effect in February if no one petitions against it places several restrictions on people asking for money.
The ordinance, according to reports, prohibits soliciting anyone waiting in line, in a parking lot or within 15 feet of a building entrance, public toilet, ATM, bus stop, handicapped parking space, pay phone, public information booth, financial institution or check cashing business.
Town officials say they modeled it on an ordinance on the books in Burlington.
But ACLU lawyer Dan Barrett says the ordinance may not be a good idea. He says it might not withstand a court challenge.
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