INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. District Court ordered a preliminary injunction blocking Indiana's new panhandling law.
That law would essentially criminalize all forms of panhandling on sidewalks.
The restrictions include the following:
- The entrance or exit to a bank
- The location where a financial transaction occurs
- A public monument
The law would make panhandling a Class C misdemeanor.
The court found: “Indiana's panhandling statute, in both its pre-amendment form and as revised by the amendments that are to take effect on July 1, 2020, is an unconstitutional prohibition on the freedom of speech.”