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Panhandling ordinance passes

Ordinance will go in effect in 10 days

SAN ANTONIO - A new ordinance to further enforce panhandling in San Antonio was passed Thursday morning at the City Council meeting.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus said the new ordinance would expand the previous one and should aid police officers when it comes to dealing with the issue.

"People who might put hands on the people they're trying to get money from, foul language, aggressiveness; it gives them an additional tool to deal with these types of panhandling," said McManus.

The new ordinance calls for the radius from which panhandlers can operate around objects like parking meters to be increased from 25 to 50 feet.

Restaurants and banks are also included in the radius increase along with crosswalks, bus stations, check cashing locations, businesses and ATMs.

McManus believed more tickets could be issued once the ordinance goes into effect, as police look to enforce the measure.

"There are a lot of people who aggressively panhandle and intimidate people and that is something we don't need in this city," said McManus.

The ordinance is set to go in effect in 10 days.


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