The Dayton City Commission recently passed a law effectively banning panhandling along 51 major roadways. It’s not the first time the city has passed laws curbing the practice. Now, some legal advocates are already raising questions about the city’s new pedestrian safety ordinance.
At the May 23 city commission meeting, Mayor Nan Whaley was clear: the ordinance is not about panhandling.
“Nothing in this ordinance criminalizes holding a sign on the side of a roadway,” the mayor said.