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Panhandling Ban Struck Down

| February 12, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A federal judge has struck down Portland’s ban on panhandlers in traffic medians. Judge George Singal ruled Wednesday that the city ordinance was unconstitutional, concluding that the restriction violated free speech and that it was not necessary to preserve public safety. The ordinance approved by the City Council in July doesn’t […]

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ACLU Challenging Panhandling Ordinance

| November 19, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – A federal judge is hearing testimony as the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine challenges an ordinance banning panhandlers from standing in street medians in Portland. The ordinance was spurred by an upsurge in the number of homeless people looking for roadside handouts coupled with an increase in reports of near […]

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