Proposed legislation could place heavy restrictions on solicitors

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 7:33pm

City councilman Sam Jenkins proposed legislation concerning solicitation and bringing balance between some public safety concerns back in March. 

The proposed legislation highlights activities taking place in intersections that don't exceed 35 miles, limiting participants to sidewalks, and only conducting business when vehicles are stopped.

Monday, the committee discussed the issuance of permits towards this legislation, changing the current open-ended ones to particularly 3-day permits.

"If they're going to restrict the amount of days that they're going to give us an opportunity to actually interface with our people, then what we're saying is to increase the intersections and that'll give us a balance and then that would allow us the opportunity to actually be more successful in our endeavor," said Marvin Muhammad with the Nation of Islam organization. 

As the committee gives this legislation further consideration, they have asked that the police department present a proposal outlining the cost entailed with a 3-day permit for organizations and a list of intersections that fit the requirements.


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