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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Bolivar repeals panhandling ordinance after lawsuit

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Bolivar repeals panhandling ordinance after lawsuit

BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) – Leaders of a southwest Missouri town have repealed an ordinance that restricted panhandling and another that limited solicitations. The Bolivar Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to repeal the ordinances, less than a month after the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ban on panhandling. The […]

Bolivar repeals panhandling ordinance after lawsuit

BOLIVAR, Mo. (AP) – Leaders of a southwest Missouri town have repealed an ordinance that restricted panhandling and another that limited solicitations.

The Bolivar Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to repeal the ordinances, less than a month after the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a federal lawsuit challenging the ban on panhandling.

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of Bolivar resident Rick Hill, contended the panhandling ordinance violated Hill’s right to free speech and other constitutional rights.

The panhandling ordinance banned aggressive panhandling for money and soliciting from the side of the road. It also restricted non-verbal or “passive” panhandling near most buildings.

Hill said he was most opposed to the ban on passive panhandling.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Bolivar officials declined to discuss the decision to repeal the ordinance.

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