Gallagher Presses for Further Study of Panhandling Ordinance

Further study coming on the city’s panhandling law.

“What I’m really looking for is, what are the opportunities available to the city to try to solve this problem,” Councilman Mike Gallagher said, pointing to ordinances in other cities. “What I’ve asked Chief McManus to do is, let’s ask what are the effective ones, what are the ones that are working where the panhandling actually stops.”

He thinks the city’s approach might need to be a team effort.

“And for the public to understand that when they are giving money to someone on the side of the road that they are causing a public safety hazard and they are enabling that individual to buy drugs or whatever it happens to be,” he said.

Gallagher said the current law here just isn’t working.

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