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Portland to Limit Enforcement of Panhandling Law
10/22/2013 09:53 AM ET  

City officials announced Monday that the city and the parties in the lawsuit have agreed to hold a one-day trial on Nov. 19.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Portland police have agreed to limit enforcement of a new ordinance banning panhandlers from standing in street medians until the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the ordinance.

City officials announced Monday that the city and the parties in the lawsuit have agreed to hold a one-day trial on Nov. 19.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is suing in federal court on behalf of three residents, claiming the ordinance infringes on free speech. Although it doesn't specifically mention panhandling, the ordinance bans loitering in medians and forces panhandlers who are seeking money from motorists to move elsewhere.

Until there's a ruling, the police department agreed to limit enforcement of the ordinance to people who are obviously impaired by drugs or alcohol and pose a safety threat.



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