Spokane Police could soon have more authority in dealing with people loitering on downtown streets.
For the last four years the city has had a Sit and Lie Ordinance in place. Basically what this means is that people can't sit and lie down on public sidewalks between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The city wants to beef up the current ordinance and a proposed ordinance has been created that would extend those rules to 21 hours a day from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. The law would also give officers more power to issue citations, but City Council President Ben Stuckart has issues with the proposal and says it could "ban homelessness" in Spokane.
"There are problems, we all agree with that, it's just a matter that you can't make laws that are so restrictive that we ban homelessness in the City of Spokane. It's illegal," Stuckart said.
Stuckart said he wants to re-work the proposed ordinance and change some of the wording. He also wants to address the issue of people loitering by the planters right outside of the downtown Olive Garden.
After making changes to the proposed ordinance, Stuckart hopes the city council will vote on it in mid-October.