Des Moines council repeals panhandling ordinance

The Des Moines City Council has repealed the city’s panhandling ordinance.

The council’s action Monday comes a little more than a month after the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa urged Des Moines, Council Bluffs and Grimes to repeal their rules.

The Des Moines Register reports that the city ordinance required anyone wanting to solicit funds legally to obtain a license from the city. The license required a fee, and many of the people on Des Moines’ streets panhandled without one.

Officials say city staffers will be evaluating the safety of certain panhandling hot spots. The city could ban panhandling in those locations if the city were to prove those areas were dangerous for panhandling. Examples include especially narrow street medians.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,