Bossier City Council passes panhandling ordinance

Bossier, La. - Bossier City Council moves forward with ordinances which would limit panhandling

The council voted six to one in favor of passing two ordinances that crack down on panhandling. 


The first ordinance sets restrictions on "Pedestrian Conduct." It prohibits pedestrians from approaching drivers on designated busy streets, including Airline Drive and Benton Road.

The second ordinance prohibits "Aggressive Personal Solicitation" which keeps panhandlers from harassing people in parking lots.

Violations for these ordinances will result in a 500 dollar fine and/or 60 days in jail.

The ordinances were sponsored by Councilman Thomas Harvey. He said it's goal is to limit traffic delays and safety concerns.

Councilman Jeffrey Darby was the only vote against the ordinances. 

Bossier Police officials say the ordinances allow them to go past issuing warnings to panhandlers and now they can take action.

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