Rutland Town restricts panhandlers

RUTLAND TOWN (AP) - The Rutland Town Selectboard is moving to restrict panhandlers, but the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is raising questions about the move.

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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