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Ordinance intended to cut down on panhandling passes

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - The Lawton City Council approved a new ordinance aimed at cutting down on panhandling on city streets.

Starting this week, no one will be allowed to stand on a median at any intersection in Lawton. It passed 6-to-1, with Councilman Dwight Tanner voting against it. He questioned the need for it, since the city already prohibits anyone from knocking on car windows or walking in and out of the street asking for money. He was concerned it would hamper local groups, like the firefighters, who often raise money for good causes while standing in the medians. 

Councilman Jay Burk, who introduced the ordinance, said he will work with those groups on some creative ways to continue to do that without violating the ordinance.

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