The Senate gave preliminary approval to a new law on begging after a federal court last year ruled the existing statute unconstitutional.
HB 2024 eliminates existing provisions that make panhandling a crime. Instead, it would be legal to approach people and ask them for money.
But even this measure contains certain limits, barring begging within 15 feet of a bank entrance or automated teller machine. Also off limits would be begging on a bus or trolley or within 10 feet of a bus stop.
The measure, which already has been approved by the House, also bans “aggressive solicitation,” which includes refusing to go away after being asked.