MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — The city of Milford is considering joining a number of other Connecticut municipalities that have passed ordinances outlawing panhandling.
The New Haven Register reports a task force is considering a ban.
City attorney Jonathan Berchem says Milford wants to have a forceful law that police feel comfortable enforcing. But he said the goal isn’t to arrest people, but rather identify individuals who need help.
He said municipalities with panhandling ordinances include Bridgeport, Norwalk, Hartford, Danbury, New Milford and East Hartford, among others. Most impose fines of up to $99.
Task force representatives said at a Board of Alderman meeting this week they have identified a group of panhandlers who may be homeless or suffer from mental illness. The city is trying to reach out to them to provide services.
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