Posted: Nov 14, 2012 3:35 PM by Eric Ross
Updated: Nov 14, 2012 3:41 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS- The debate continues over plans to ban panhandling downtown.
Council members voted 8-1 Tuesday evening to move forward with the ban.
A final vote is scheduled for Nov. 27.
First time offenders will receive a warning from law enforcement with repeated offenses resulting in a citation.
The "no solicitation" zone will include Acacia Park and all areas bordered by Boulder Street on the north, Nevada Avenue on the east, Cucharras Street on the south and Cascade Avenue on the west.
Council members also voted to modify the City's current law on aggressive panhandling.
Throughout the entire city, panhandlers may not solicit money within 20 feet of any building.
The new modification and proposed ban will not have an impact on panhandlers who are given permission to solicit on private property.
The Pikes Peak American Civil Liberties Union says they plan on filing a lawsuit if the ban is approved.