Friday, April 08, 2011

Statewide crackdown on panhandling
proposed in Florida Legislature

Tampa City Council members have struggled to agree on a solution for the city's panhandling problem.

So Republican Sen. Jack Latvala has one for them — and the rest of the state.

Latvala, who represents parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, is behind SB 1180, a sprawling Senate Transportation Committee bill that imposes blanket restrictions on roadside solicitations for the state.

His solution for getting it under control: requiring anyone who wants to accept money from the road to register with local government.

Read the St. Petersburg Times report here.


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