When Boise City announced plans to enact a couple of “canned ordinances” approved by a national cities organization in an effort to curb panhandling, the GUARDIAN raised questions about UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.
For instance, if it is illegal for someone to stand on the curb and hold a sign saying “Anything Helps God Bless,” it would also be a crime/infraction for a high school or church club member to hold a similar sign promoting a car wash.
The morning guys at KBOI AM 670 discussed the issue with listeners and the cumulative result is the council has wisely bounced the ordinances back to staffers for a second look to seek answers to some of the issues raised.
The city proposed the three ordinances earlier this month in an effort to curb harassing and unsafe panhandling in the city, sitting and lying on sidewalks and other issues that “negatively affect the city’s public spaces,” according to a city news release. Problems arise when an ordinance is aimed at a particular segment of the population.
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