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CHICOPEE – During a recent meeting, members of the city council discussed exploring ways to lessen or eliminate panhandling, which was called an “ongoing challenge” by one councilman.
City Councilors Shane Brooks and Timothy McLellan, who introduced the motion during the council’s Oct. 7 regular session, asked that the ordinance committee hold a public hearing on the matter. In June a federal appeals court upheld portions of an anti-panhandling ordinance in Worcester. The court ruled the city can keep in place a ban on nighttime panhandling. In 2013, the Worcester City Council approved an ordinance that restricts people from asking for money at busy intersections. The American Civil Liberties Union, along with a private law firm, challenged the restrictions, saying the ordinance was unconstitutional, specially violating individuals First Amendment Rights. READ MORE

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