Eugene City Council to weigh panhandling ordinance at public hearing

If approved, the proposal would mirror an ordinance passed by Springfield in 2016.

Posted: Feb. 18, 2019 5:42 PM
Updated: Feb. 20, 2019 10:48 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene City Council will meet Tuesday to discuss whether to enact a panhandling ordinance.

If approved, the proposal would mirror an ordinance passed by Springfield in 2016. That ordinance prohibits a motorist from handing anything to a pedestrian from a vehicle that is on a roadway. A motorist can give money, food or other items to panhandlers if they park their car or walk to the person.

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Springfield resident Christina Babcock said it's been successful.

"I see a lot less people standing around in the areas that can cause issue," Babcock said. "Those people that were panhandling are respecting the laws and not doing it."

Babcock said she feels if people want to give to panhandlers, they should be allowed to.

"If I want to buy something for somebody and give it to them or hand them cash 'cause they need help, I don't see anything wrong with that," Babcock said. "It's their own choice."

Eugene resident Charlotte Norris called the potential ordinance a "useless waste of legislators' time."

"It just seems silly to me to say that you can't do that when people are going to do it anyway," Norris said.

The Eugene City Council's public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7:30 in Harris Hall on East 8th Avenue.

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