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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 02/ 4/2011

MoCo. seeks to regulate panhandling

By Washington Post editors

Panhandlers in Montgomery County would have to apply for permits to ask drivers for spare change, under legislation Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is requesting of state lawmakers, The Gazette reports.

Leggett said panhandlers often stand in the median strip of county roads, which is allowed under county law, then approach drivers by walking into the street, which is not allowed. A permitting system would allow the government to better regulate panhandling and other solicitations — from medians or roadsides — by tracking panhandlers and educating them on the rules, Leggett said.

Read more about efforts to regulate panhandling along roads in Montgomery County in The Gazette.

By Washington Post editors  | February 4, 2011; 10:09 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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