Joplin settles lawsuit over panhandling ordinance

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The metropolis of Joplin has settled a lawsuit filed by a homeless man over a panhandling restriction in the metropolis.

The Joplin Globe stories the metropolis agreed to pay $3,510, of which $1,500 will high-tail to Christopher Snyder. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit on Snyder’s behalf.

Snyder alleged his free speech rights non-public been violated when he used to be required to switch away a region where he used to be soliciting for money. He and his fundamental other non-public been residing in a automobile on the time.

Final March, the metropolis enacted a new portion in its panhandling ordinance that required panhandlers and solicitors to defend 150 toes (46 meters) from intersections where tempo limits non-public been more than 35 mph, and to defend off motorway dividers or medians. The metropolis repealed that portion of the ordinance in October.

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Data from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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