A proposed ordinance on panhandling in Indianapolis has been sent back to a City-County Council committee. The council unanimously voted Monday night to send the proposal back to the Rules and Public Policy Committee. Republican Counselor Jeff Miller, the proposal‘s sponsor, says the language doesn’t clearly distinguish between panhandlers and artists or street performers.
“What’s important to understand is Indiana state law, not even our local ordinance, but the state law defines verbally asking for funds to be panhandling, whether you are doing it with a cup or a guitar,” Miller said. “And that’s what makes this so difficult for us.”
The proposal would prohibit panhandling within 50 feet of certain areas such as ATM machines, bank entrances, charitable contribution receptacles and restaurants.