ACLU Challenges NCFL Panhandling Ordinances

Published: Aug. 31, 2018 at 12:13 AM EDT
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The American Civil Liberties Union has teamed up with other civil rights organizations to challenge two north central Florida panhandling ordinances.

Advocates for the homeless sent a letter on Thursday to Alachua County and Ocala City leaders demanding they repeal their bans on panhandling by homeless people.

The ban in Alachua County was approved in March and Ocala began posting "no panhandling" signs in April.

Challenges to such ordinances are usually successful because of a 2015 Supreme Court ruling, according to the ACLU.