New panhandling ordinance in Cranston held for study

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Officials in Cranston have voted to hold for study a panhandling ordinance proposed by the mayor.

The Providence Journal reports the vote came Thursday after Mayor Allan Fung asked the City Council’s Ordinance Committee to recommend his measure for passage.

The law seeks to ban anyone from entering a roadway or median with the intention of giving something to someone in a car or receiving something from someone in a vehicle.

The city agreed to stop enforcing a similar ordinance earlier this year as part of a settlement in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU.

Council President John Lanni has said the new ordinance allows people to stand on the sidewalk and receive money from drivers who want to pull over.

The ACLU has opposed the new proposal, saying it’s unconstitutional.
Information from: The Providence Journal,