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Yakima City Council Wants to Hear Your Opinions on Panhandling

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YAKIMA, Wash.--After many requests, the Yakima City Council will hold a public hearing about specific negative impacts panhandlers may have on the community.
 
In order for the city to adopt stricter regulations on panhandling, they have to hear specific testimony about harmful effects it has on the public.
 
The city said this is something they've considered several times, but it's a very delicate matter seeing as panhandling is considered free speech. For the city to be able to regulate this act of begging, testimony should be about personal experiences, and if you've ever felt threatened or unsafe when dealing with a panhandler.
 
However, to some people like Fred, they claim begging is the only way to get by.
 
"It's a necessity," said Fred. "It's not whether we want to or not, it's not a choice. We are not aggressive. People have asked us to get a job, most of us are veterans."
 
The public hearing will be held Tuesday. Then the legal department will look over peoples concerns and report back if any additional regulations are warranted.
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