Mount Vernon council passes panhandling ban



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 ( ) 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.


Information from: Skagit Valley Herald,