Colorado Springs City Council will vote today on an ordinance to ban panhandling downtown.
This will be the second vote on the no-solicitation ordinance, which means if it passes it will take effect next month.
If passed, the punishment for solicitation would range from a verbal warning for a first offense to fines and possible jail time.
The first vote came on Nov. 13 after hours of discussion and public comment.
Those in support of the ordinance say it will help make Colorado Springs more inviting. Those who oppose it say it could force the issue into neighborhoods, including Old Colorado City.
Provisions in the ordinance include a ban on solicitation in downtown Colorado Springs. As far as solicitation city wide the ordinance creates a mandatory distance of 20 feet from the front door of a business. A second ordinance extends the ban to state highways within the city, to include Highway 24 on the city's west side.
Anyone caught in violation of the ordinance will first get a verbal warning and explanation of the rules. A second encounter will usually mean a written warning. Further infractions could lead to fines and possibly time in jail.
Council members also agreed to re-visit the ordinance in five months to determine if it needs further review or modification.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.