Akron City Council repeals panhandling ordinance after lawsuit threat from ACLU

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AKRON, Ohio -- The city of Akron voted Monday night to repeal its panhandling ordinance following the threat of a lawsuit from the ACLU.

The 10-year-old law required panhandlers to fill out registration forms with police and get an ID. Police said the law only applied to people who aggressively approached others.

But the ACLU claims it was a violation of free speech.

Council leaders repealed the ordinance, saying it is no longer the preferred means of promoting public safety and the health and welfare of its citizens.

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