The Spokane City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that restricts panhandling in downtown Spokane.
The ordinance affects anyone standing on a corner asking for donations. The ordinance also makes it illegal for anyone to step into the street from a corner or sidewalk to collect anything from passing cars.
However, the restriction only applies to certain streets and roads. The ordinance is limited mostly to the downtown area. On North end the area extends to Boone Avenue. On the South the border extends to Seventh Avenue. The West Border extends to Ash Street and Maple Street all the way to Hamilton Avenue on the East.
People also can not collect donations at any on and off ramps to Interstate 90 or arterials or state routes within the grid.
The new ordinance does not prohibit people from standing on corners flying their flag or asking for donations as long as they don't step off the street. A person can still collect money from passing cars as well as long as that car pulls into a designated parking space.
The ordinance will not be signed until September 15.