Published August 06 2012
Panhandling ordinance change moves forwardFARGO – The City Commission voted Monday to move forward with proposed changes to the city’s panhandling ordinance that would further restrict where the activity can occur throughout the city.
Commissioners voted Monday to receive and file the ordinance change, a procedural act that puts the process in motion for commissioners to vote on the proposed revisions in a matter of weeks following another public hearing that hasn’t yet been scheduled.
Since the changes were originally proposed several weeks ago, officials have altered the wording so as to make violations of the new panhandling restrictions a non-criminal infraction with a fine of up to $50.
Aggressive panhandling – defined as having the “intention of intimidating another person into giving away money or goods” – would still be considered a criminal infraction, which carries a fine of up to $500.