Topeka not currently enforcing ordinance on panhandling

In Topeka, there is a city ordinance against people standing on highways asking for money.

Sec. 69. Pedestrians Soliciting Rides or Businesses.

(a) No person shall stand upon or along a street or highway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.
(b) No person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting employment, business, or contributions from the occupant of any vehicle.
“Currently we are not enforcing that, because we believe it’s got some legal issues,” Topeka Police Legal Advisor Luther Ganieany said.

City officials have gotten several calls regarding the issue and want to find a solution, but Ganieany said many communities have tried to make panhandling illegal and it isn’t successful.

“They are making money, or they wouldn’t be out there and some people are taking that beyond just simply needing something to eat or a place to sleep,” Ganieany said.

(Read more: KSNT News)