Council sets dates for proposed panhandling ordinance

The Colorado Springs City Council is moving forward with a proposal to ban panhandling downtown.

After hearing from City Attorney Chris Melcher on two separate occasions, and sending him back to the drawing board to make the ordinance cover Acacia Park and broader areas of downtown, Council has set the dates for discussion.

Melcher will present a new ordinance for discussion Monday, Oct. 22. No public comment will be taken at the informal hearing.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, City Council will hold a public hearing and comments will be permitted. This will also be the first reading of the proposed ordinance.

Tuesday, Nov. 13, Council will have the second reading of the ordinance. If it passes, then the ban becomes law.

To read Amanda Miller’s story about panhandling ordinances and First Amendment issues, go here.