Mount Vernon council passes panhandling ban

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- The Mount Vernon City Council has approved a ban against panhandlers on streets.

The ordinance approved Wednesday bans interactions between pedestrians and vehicles.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports (http://is.gd/wxS5Dr ) the proposal hit a snag last month when firefighters asked for an exemption for their annual "Fill the Boot" fundraiser.

Violators of the new panhandling ban could face a $500 fine or 30 days in jail.

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com