Springfield Considers Panhandling Ban

Panama City - The city of Springfield is considering making panhandling illegal. Mayor Robert Walker says it is not a big problem in Springfield right now, but he's trying to be proactive.

He says he has noticed a small problem at Bethel Village and with the Rescue Mission wanting to expand that campus, he wants to go ahead and get a law in place.

The commission has not allowed the Rescue Mission to expand it's Springfield campus, despite a court order for the commission to reconsider. Officials say it is because they do not want to see Panama City's problems, like panhandling, become Springfield's problems.

He also said he thinks more panhandlers might move to Springfield as a result of Panama City possibly passing a new panhandling ordinance. But he says Springfield's law would not mirror Panama City's. He said they hope to draft a law that is known to hold up in court.

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