City Council approves strengthening Minneapolis’ aggressive solicitation ordinance

The Minneapolis City Council approved a new aggressive solicitation ordinance designed to combat aggressive panhandling at its June 15, 2007 meeting. Aggressive panhandling can pose a public safety problem and diminish the livability of the city. The ordinance puts new restrictions on the times and locations that panhandling (verbal solicitation) is allowed.

The previous Aggressive Solicitation Ordinance made it unlawful to verbally solicit money at any of the following:

The new ordinance adds additional locations and restrictions, making verbal solicitation unlawful at any of the following:

Mayor R.T. Rybak and the City will soon launch a "Give Real Change" campaign to encourage people to give money not to panhandlers, but to organizations that can create real change in peoples lives. Minneapolis and Hennepin County have also partnered on a new 10-year plan to end homelessness. To find out more, visit the Homelessness website.

June 15, 2007

Published Jun 15, 2007