Onondaga County has a new proposed law that would ban aggressive panhandling on the streets of the county. This is an interesting one. Panhandling is considered "aggressive" if the person is persistent even after they are refused money. Obviously, this law would not ban panhandling outright, but make it more of a safe process.
With this law, aggressive panhandlers would face a violation, which could be a fine from $25 to $250. They could also face up to 15 days in jail for repeated offenses. Law maker, Ryan McMahon, says the law is important to make people feel safer around the county. The law would also prohibit panhandlers to be within 20 feet of an ATM.
Now, there is some controversy with this law. Some say that this only furthers homelessness and poverty by punishing those that are already struggling. Others say that it will make people feel much safer on the streets of Central New York.
The law has been proposed for other cities across the country, and is many times shot down because it violates the constitutional right of free speech. The law will soon be proposed and up for debate in Central New York. What do you think? Do we need a law like this? Let us know.