Akron council to discuss panhandling ordinance

Posted at 11:10 AM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 11:10:00-04

Akron City Council will discuss Monday pending litigation that challenges the city's panhandling ordinance.

The ACLU sent a letter to Akron city officials in January, alleging that the ordinance violates citizens' First Amendment rights.

According to, panhandlers in Akron must stay at least 20 feet from banks and ATMs, sidewalks cafes, entrances to entertainment facilities, schools and churches and bus stops.

They are also required to register with the city and wear city-issued identification when panhandling.

The meeting will be held at noon at the City of Akron Municipal Building. 

Joseph Mead, legal scholar and volunteer attorney for the ACLU of Ohio, will be present.