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Springfield considers panhandling ordinance

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SPRINGFIELD, OR (AP) -

The Springfield City Council is set to consider an ordinance that would ban motorists from giving anything to panhandlers while on public roadways.

The Register Guard reports that the council and Springfield police chief plan to discuss the ordinance on Tuesday. It would fine drivers $50 for transferring property while on a road or highway.

According to documents filed on the city's website, the ordinance would create a new violation called "Unlawful Transfer on Vehicular Portion of the Right-of-Way."

The documents say that drivers who are otherwise well-intentioned can cause a safety hazard and delays when stopped in the road or in a turn lane to respond to panhandling requests.

The ordinance wouldn't affect drivers who pay panhandlers from a parked car.

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