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Spokane Council OKs Downtown Ordinances

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Spokane City Council has approved new ordinances to give police more authority to maintain order in the downtown area, at the emergency dispatch center and at health care facilities.

The measures approved Monday forbid interference with health care providers and making 911 calls about non-emergency matters. They also bar disruptive conduct on transit buses and riding a skateboard on downtown sidewalks.

Another measure decriminalizes the failure to remove graffiti and sets up a civil fine to encourage its removal.

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