A federal judge in Grand Rapids ruled that a Michigan law banning panhandling in public places violates the Constitution. The ruling was in response to a civil suit filed by two Grand Rapids men who were arrested in 2011 for begging, including James Speet, pictured above. / Michigan ACLU
HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Holland city leaders are taking on the issue of panhandling after a controversial decision in Grand Rapids. The city council is considering changes to an ordinance that would make it easier to enforce panhandling restrictions.
City officials say the new legislation would make it illegal for beggars to interfere with other people's activities.
The proposal comes after a federal judge in Grand Rapids ruled that a state ban on begging is unconstitutional, calling it a violation of free speech and equal protection.
Holland City Council members reviewed the amendment for the first time Wednesday night and are expected to vote on it in two weeks.