Councilwoman’s Bill Aims To Curb Panhandling

Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector introduced the bill on Monday.

Councilwoman Rochelle "Rikki" Spector introduced legislation aimed at stifling panhandlers in the city.

Spector’s bill would prevent anyone from soliciting while standing in a lane divider, roadway or shoulder. The legislation was assigned to the Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee.  

The bill was introduced Monday night at during the City Council meeting and is co-sponsored by Councilman Edward Reisinger, Councilman William “Pete” Welch and Councilman James Kraft.  

Spector represents the Mount Washington and Poplar Hill neighborhoods in North Baltimore.

She was not available for comment following the council meeting.

Baltimore Matt January 29, 2013 at 09:34 PM
bystander...at least they are selling something (some attempt of creating an income). I have no problem with peddlers, as long as they are selling products that are legitimately their's (not stolen). In most of the world it is a respectable way to make money. What I have no respect for are panhandlers who ask for money without an exchange for products or labor. It makes our city look trashy and to an outsider it makes Baltimoreans look like they doesn't want to work.
Sean Tully January 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Rikki must get so annoyed having to see the panhandlers as she drives from where she lives in Federal Hill area to community association meetings in her district.
Joey Bartholomew January 30, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Not since Pratt street was skid row have I seen so many desperate people on the streets of Baltimore. People need and want jobs. I once watched a lady with a kid in tow walk straight to a trash can in downtown Baltimore in front of McDonalds. She found a bag with something to eat in it. Thank goodness for McDonalds. I watched two individuals sell bottle water. When the driver bought water from just one -- the other beat him on his head so hard twice -- yet he clung on so tight to that dollar like he would never get another one in his life. And the best idea we can come up with is to tax them. Great.
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