Sacramento City leaders are considering a ban on panhandling in certain areas. The proposed ordinance would make “aggressive or intrusive” panhandling illegal.
Asking for money near ATMs, banks, public transportation, outdoor dining areas or gas stations could result in a warning or fine under the ordinance.
The homeless would be allowed to ask for funds in other areas. Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer, who supports the plan, says he thinks it will help make downtown feel more safe.
“We need people to feel safe when they’re walking around downtown,” Schenirer said.
City Council has worked with local homeless advocates and business leaders to develop an ordinance that would be fair to the public and the homeless, Schenirer said.
City council is expected to make a decision on the issue at its next meeting on Tuesday, November 14.