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Officials in Nashua will consider an ordinance this week that aims to curb panhandling in the city.

The Telegraph of Nashua reports the proposal would bar the exchange of goods between pedestrians and drivers in a public way.

The legislation goes before the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday.

 

Officials in Hudson have agreed to suspend their efforts to crackdown on panhandlers while a federal lawsuit is pending.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union earlier this month filed a lawsuit claiming Hudson officials are violating the free speech rights of panhandlers by telling them to stop seeking handouts and move along.

The Nashua Telegraph reports the two sides agreed in federal court that panhandlers would be able to solicit donations provided their conduct doesn't interfere with traffic or impede access to local businesses.

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties is suing the town of Hudson, claiming local police have been suppressing the free speech rights of panhandlers.

Staff attorney Giles Bissonette says the lawsuit filed in federal district court claims the town has been illegally restricting panhandling on public property for more than three years.

“And this practice includes detaining, harassing, threatening, dispersing, and citing panhandlers, in violation of the 1st, 4th, and 14th amendments of the U.S. Constitution.”

Handling Panhandlers

Mar 14, 2013

City Councilors in Concord are considering more restrictive laws about panhandling. Local police are seeing an increased amount of people asking for money and some residents are saying the panhandlers can be aggressive in their approach. But not everyone is on board- some suggest that this ordinance could be a violation of their First amendment rights and that the real focus should be getting the poor and homeless employed and back on their feet. We'll look at this debate.

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