March 6, 2011

Vote delayed on panhandling

Montgomery County's delegation in Annapolis delayed a vote today on legislation that would allow the county to require panhandlers and others to have a permit to solicit money at intersections. The delegation is expected to vote on the bill March 11.

At issue is whether the delegation will include an amendment allowing the council to implement either the permitting system or an outright ban on roadside solicitation. The County Council favors a ban, while County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is seeking a permitting system for beggars and those who sell items or raise money for charity through roadside solicitation. Both have said the practice is unsafe.

Del. C. William Frick (D-Dist. 16) of Bethesda proposed the delay, known as "special ordering" the bill, saying that he wanted to wait for Del. Anne R. Kaiser (D-Dist. 14) of Burtonsville before taking a vote. SOURCE: Gazette

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