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Panhandling ordinance pushes forward

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An ordinance that would limit where panhandlers can stand is moving forward after a public hearing.

A final hearing and vote is scheduled for Feb. 9.

The ordinance would increase a number of “buffer zones” from 20 feet to 50 feet.

The authors of the ordinance says it will improve public safety, especially for schoolchildren.

During Tuesday’s public hearing, the director of the Curbside Chronicle, a publication the homeless can sell on the street for profit, worried the ordinance would be the end of the street paper.

The American Civil Liberties Union also voiced its opposition.

The superintendent and school board president of Millwood Public Schools once again showed up to express the district’s support for the change.