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Funkhouser says panhandling law needs fixing

Mayor Mark Funkhouser said today the city's new panhandling ordinance is unworkable.

"This is something that needs to be fixed, and as quickly as we can," Funkhouser told Prime Buzz.

In March the outgoing council approved the new ordinance, which restricted verbal panhandling in entertainment areas in the Country Club Plaza and downtown.

But street entertainers and panhandlers howled, claiming the law is unconstitutional. Last month chief Jim Corwin agreed, and now Funkhouser is on board.

The mayor said a revised proposal should surface soon in the public safety committee.

"It's great news," said Doug Bonney, a lawyer who fought the new ordinance.

"I'm disappointed," said Barry Brady, who manages the Plaza.

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