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Should it Be Illegal to Give to Houston Panhandlers?

The police chief in San Antonio recently made headlines earlier this month by proposing a city ordinance making it illegal to give to panhandlers. Panhandling itself is already illegal in many places and scenarios in the city, but the ordinance — should it pass — would make it a Class C misdemeanor to hand money […]

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The police chief in San Antonio recently made headlines earlier this month by proposing a city ordinance making it illegal to give to panhandlers. Panhandling itself is already illegal in many places and scenarios in the city, but the ordinance — should it pass — would make it a Class C misdemeanor to hand money out your car window to someone with a cardboard sign pleading for assistance.

We discuss the proposed panhandling ordinance in San Antonio, and then we discuss how panhandling laws here in Houston are enforced. And we explore our thoughts about panhandling in Greater Houston — do you give them money? Why or why not?

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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