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Pasco City Council to Discuss Panhandling at City Intersections

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PASCO, Wash. - The Pasco City Council plans to discuss driver and pedestrian safety Monday night. More specifically, the issue of panhandling on busy streets.

The possible ordinance is to address complaints of solicitors blocking traffic throughout the city.
Right now, the only law in the books in Pasco aims to stop people from intentionally blocking traffic. But there's also safety concerns when it comes to the panhandler or solicitor stepping out into the street.

This ordinance is not aimed to stop people from asking for donations, they can still do that on private property like parking lots. Instead it's meant to keep people out of the streets.

"We've had problems off and on with solicitation in the major intersection in the city. People complaining about being accosted if you will in those intersections," said Capt. Jim Raymond with the Pasco Police Department.

Pasco would not be the first to pass a panhandling ordinance. Kennewick passed a similar ordinance early this year that limited panhanding at certain busy intersections and many other cities throughout Washington have successfully done so as well.

The Pasco City Council is set to discuss this issue at their meeting Monday night at 7 p.m.