Summit County passes panhandling regulations

AKRON, Ohio - One northeast Ohio county is trying to get a handle on panhandlers.

The Summit County council approved regulations on Monday that will still allow panhandlers in county townships to stand near street corners -- but they must stay back 25 feet from intersections and can't be aggressive.

Bath Township administrator Vito Sinopoli tells the Akron Beacon Journal that residents spearheaded the measure because they were concerned about safety.

County Councilwoman Tamela Lee, sponsored the legislation, said a number of jurisdictions have already addressed the issue.

Violations are minor misdemeanors and fines are $100 or less for each offense. Aggressive panhandling can be punished with a fine of up to $250 and 30 days in jail.

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