Tue., October 2, 2012 10:00am (EDT)

Atlanta Approves Panhandling Rules
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Under a new Atlanta 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. The measure is a compromise between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Councilman Michael Julian Bond. (Photo Courtesy of Sanja Gjenero via stock.xchng.)
Under a new Atlanta 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. The measure is a compromise between Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Councilman Michael Julian Bond. (Photo Courtesy of Sanja Gjenero via stock.xchng.)
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.