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Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 6:00am

Atlanta Approves Panhandling Rules

Atlanta's city council has approved a new ordinance aimed at cracking down on aggressive panhandling.

The council's unanimous vote Monday night comes after Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed vetoed an earlier measure. The new ordinance is a compromise between the mayor and Councilman Michael Julian Bond.

Under the ordinance, panhandlers would be forbidden from soliciting people for money within 15 feet of a building entrance or exit and repeatedly harassing a person after being rejected.

Anyone caught aggressively panhandling would go to jail for 30 days after the second offense and 90 days after the third conviction.

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