Missoula Considering Aggressive Panhandling Ban

By Beacon Staff

MISSOULA – A committee of the Missoula City Council has approved a ban on “aggressive panhandling.”

The proposed aggressive solicitation ordinance would prohibit panhandling in certain areas, such as ATM locations, and after dark. It would also ban aggressive behavior, such as being violent, using abusive language and touching people solicited without consent.

Violating the rule would result in a fine of up to $100.

Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir says aggressive panhandling in downtown Missoula this summer is as bad as it has ever been.

The Public Safety and Health Committee unanimously approved the new ordinance Wednesday. The full council is expected to vote on the measure Monday.

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