City sets new limitations on panhandling - WNEM TV 5

City sets new limitations on panhandling

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Amanda Mogg isn't a fan of panhandling.

"I don’t think it should be happening," Mogg said.

She thinks something needs to be done about the growing number of panhandlers in Bay County.

"They say they're homeless and most of them aren't homeless. And it's just a nuisance," Mogg said.

Mogg is glad leaders in Bay City passed an ordinance Monday night making the panhandling illegal in specific places at specific times.

The measure bans panhandling within the city limit between sunset and sunrise and in city right of ways.

But a man is panhandling just outside the city limit, is legal, but Bay City officials are working to change that, according to Dana Muscott, deputy city manager.

"Our city manager is in talks with the county and neighboring townships that way we can look at regulating it and having the say ordinance across our county lines," Muscott said.

Officials said panhandling in general is protected by the first amendment of the Constitution.

But Bay City leaders said they are looking to regulate it.

Panhandling is now prohibited in the city near banks, ATMs and bus stops. Panhandlers are also not allowed to go into the street to get money.

Muscott said it's also a matter of safety.

"Coming off of U.S. 10, people are going 50-60 mph, they could get hurt as well," Muscott said.

Mogg said it's just a bad look all the way around and she wants it gone.

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