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Court blocks Indiana panhandling law

The court sided with the ACLU, saying the law is an unconstitutional prohibition on the freedom of speech.
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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
  • Business
  • Restaurant
  • 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.”

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