The Columbus City Attorney’s office told police to prevent by using their law, plus they did on June 1, fearing the city could be challenged in the court.

“All of this does is give panhandlers permission to strongly panhandle,” Henry stated.

“We’re seeing more and more people visiting panhandle to give that addiction,” Defendiefer stated.

The choice comes from a Gilbert, Arizona, situation involving a church that rented space in an grade school and placed about 17 signs in the region announcing the place and time for services. The city’s sign rules limited the dimensions, number, duration and placement from the signs.

ewilliams@dispatch.com

Columbus mother and father stopped enforcing the city’s panhandling law due to a 2015 U.S. Top Court ruling that attorneys have successfully used to challenge similar laws and regulations in other metropolitan areas.

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