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Colorado Springs City Council decides to repeal panhandling ban

March 12, 2013

Statement of ACLU of Colorado legal director Mark Silverstein on the Colorado Springs City Council’s decision to repeal the downtown no-solicitation zone

“The ACLU of Colorado is pleased that Colorado Springs has decided to repeal this overbroad, ill-advised and unconstitutional ordinance.

It was a tremendous overreach to try to forbid any and all solicitation in a huge 12-city block downtown area. The City was unable to cite a single case in which a court had upheld such a breathtakingly broad restriction of speech.

“We are delighted that the free expression rights of musicians, theater performers, nonprofit fundraisers and others will be restored and respected.”

Read more about our legal challenge to the no-solicitation zone.



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