Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Las Vegas targets the homeless again:
Don't sleep near feces or urine

Las Vegas has made it illegal to sleep within 500 feet of urine or feces, but the city attorney says the new law was passed by mistake and won't be enforced.

The new ordinance makes it illegal to "knowingly establish" sleeping quarters near defecation unless that "deposit" is made in an appropriate sanitary facility. It was passed unanimously by the Las Vegas City Council as part of a bill making it a misdemeanor to go to the bathroom in public.

"Seriously, are you kidding me?" asked Lee Rowland of the ACLU of Nevada. "I don't know how on earth a police officer would determine whether someone has knowingly set up shop next to" urine or feces. She called the provision "yet another example of the city's totally ineffectual, unconstitutional and impractical war on the homeless."

Earlier versions also included a ban on public vomiting, but the council removed that provision. "The council didn't want to impact people who might be ill," a city spokesman said. "The idea was that urinating or defecating in public is a conscious decision," while vomiting might not be.

Read the Las Vegas Review-Journal article here.


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