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Bill would fine ‘aggressive’ panhandlers

September 12, 2019


TING JUDGE BERG IN A ROBBERY OUTSIDE OF HIS HOME IN DETROIT.>>STATE LAWMAKERS WILL SOON CONSIDER A NEW BILL THAT WOULD CRACKDOWN ON A AGGRESSIV PANHANDLING. SO MUCH SO PANHANDLER COULD FACE A STEEP FINE. KIMBERLY GILL JOINS US AND KIM THIS PROPOSAL IS HEADED TO HOUSE FLOOR?>>Reporter: IT IS. GOOD EVENING TO YOU. THIS PROPOSAL COULD IMPOSE A FINE OF UP TO $100. IF THE PAN HANDLER IS TOLD NO BUT KEEPS ON BEGGING. TAKE A LOO HERE. WE SEE THEM ALL OVER. ON THE STREETS O MET DETROIT. FROM DOWNTOWN TO THE SUBURBS. PANHANDLERS, MANY OF WHOM HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES. SOME BEGGING FOR WORK. OTHERS FOR SPARE CHANGE. UNDER A NEW PROPOSAL ON THE HOUSE FLOOR IN LANSING THOSE PANHANDLERS THAT ARE MORE AGGRESSIVE COULD BE FINED $100 IF THEY KEEP BEGGING AFTER BEING TOLD NO. THE LEGISLATION APPROVED TODAY BY THE HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE ALSO SAID IF PAN HALERS MAKE PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH A PERSON OR FOLLOW AN INDIVIDUAL IN THREATENING WAY THAT TOO COULD GET THEM SLAPPED WITH A TICKET.>>I CAN SEE WHERE IT IS GOOD, AND YOU CAN SEE WHERE IT IS BAD. BUT.>>MAYBE IT MAKES A FEW PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE BUT WHY NOT TRY TO PASS SOMETHING THAT HELPS THEM.>>Reporter: PEOPLE AGAINST THE LEGISLATION SAY IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE TO FINE PEOPLE THAT ARE TOO POOR TO PAY.>>IF THEY DON’T HAVE MONEY THEN OBVIOUSLY, THEY ARE BEGGING FOR MONEY. WHY CAN THEY B FINED IF THEY HAVE NO MONEY.>>I WOULD NOT AGREE WITH AGGRESSIVE PAN A HANDLER BUT IF WE FIX THE PROBLEM OF JOBS THEN WE FIX PANHANDLING PROBLEM.>>Reporter: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? AGAIN, THIS PROPOSAL IS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED IN COMMITTEE. IT NOW IT MOVES THE FULL HOUSE.

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