Wooster ordinance that would have fined homeless voted down

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WOOSTER, Ohio -- Wooster City Council on Monday voted down a controversial ordinance by a 4 to 2 vote.

The proposal would have fined homeless people $150 for refusing shelter.

It also would have prevented police from arresting or citing a homeless person if there is no space available at a city shelter.

Wooster Law Director John Scavelli said the ordinance was a way to help people get off the street.

But, earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio urged the city of Wooster to reject the proposed ordinance, calling the idea "inhumane."

**Watch a past report in the video, above; read more, here**

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.