Anchorage anti-panhandling signs cite unconstitutional law

    "Anchorage at night" by Alex Grechman is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage has spent nearly $9,000 on new anti-panhandling signs, but the law the signs refer to was found unconstitutional nearly a decade ago.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports that the signs began showing up last month at busy Anchorage intersections where pedestrians sometimes solicit money from drivers stopped at red lights.

    The sign warn that panhandling is prohibited on medians or roadways and urges motorists to give money to charities.

    The signs saying panhandling is illegal also cite a city ordinance and part of a state law.

    But a note in the municipal code says that the Alaska Superior Court found the city ordinance unconstitutional in 2014.

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