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Published October 01, 2012, 08:54 AM

Bismarck planning to crack down on panhandlers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials in North Dakota's capital city plan to crack down on panhandlers.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials in North Dakota's capital city plan to crack down on panhandlers.

Bismarck City Attorney Charlie Whitman tells The Bismarck Tribune that the city has been getting more complaints about aggressive panhandlers. He says a proposed ordinance would keep panhandlers away from ATMs, traffic, downtown areas and schools.

Fines for panhandling offenses would range from $50 to $500.

Mayor John Warford says the proposal is modeled after an ordinance adopted by Fargo. A public hearing is set for Oct. 9.

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