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Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 9:00 am

MOSES LAKE - Moses Lake can fine people $100 for asking for money from people in vehicles.

The city council recently passed an ordinance aimed at stopping aggressive begging and soliciting money from people in vehicles. The city defines aggressive begging as begging "with the intent to intimidate another person into giving money or goods."

The council talked about creating an ordinance a couple times during the past couple years, and a citizen spoke to the council about the issue as well, City Manager Joe Gavinski said in a previous meeting.

The ordinance doesn't prohibit all panhandling because of potential Constitutional issues, Gavinski said.

The council initially proposed a $50 fine for violating the ordinance, but Councilmember Dick Deane proposed raising it to $100.

"The purpose of that is it falls closer in line to a parking violation or a school zone violation," he said. "It doesn't quite meet that record, but it does give more credence to the fact we're not just saying something."

Councilmember Dave Curnel said the person who brought the issue to the council works in his office, and was excited about the ordinance. 

"When I had told her we had passed the first reading of it, she was very excited and I told her, 'This is an example of what happens when citizens get involved in city government,'" he said.

Mayor Jon Lane said several people approached him and supported the ordinance because they were annoyed about some of the panhandling taking place.

The ordinance passed unanimously. Councilmember Brent Reese was not present at the meeting.

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  • thetruth posted at 11:58 pm on Sun, Mar 27, 2011.

    thetruth Posts: 89

    Give me a break!!! You are saying when the Moses Lake fire department does it's annual local mda fund raiser for local children it's illegal. What's next outlawing the bell ringers collecting money for charity.. Really people give me a break..

  • stumpdy_dumpdy posted at 8:26 pm on Sun, Mar 27, 2011.

    stumpdy_dumpdy Posts: 4

    4 one, moses lake police are a joke... how bowt they deal with real issues such as gangs and drugs. And do you really think a beggar has the money to pay fines?! it like the collection agency that harrases me to pay my 70,000 dollars in hospital bills, aint gona happen.... its just another dumb and pointless law passed again! thats our Gov, anything to fine people, anything to make money... I dont like the beggars either, im not on thier side, i just think its dumb to fine someone who begs 4 money.... The beggar sighns that make me laugh "homeless, jobless, looking for work" it funny cause your not "looking for work" cause if you were, you would be LOOKING FOR WORK, not begging.

  • ABCWHATISTHISWORLD posted at 11:11 am on Sat, Mar 26, 2011.


    the fire department and police are doing to help our community they shpuld be fined. It the other people who are perfectly capibably of getting help or even a job. They just to lazy to try.

  • ava indiana posted at 3:52 am on Sat, Mar 26, 2011.

    ava indiana Posts: 2

    yeah I am sick of the fire department and police out on the street collecting money in those boots. I am glad they will be fined no more begging from those nasty people