A bill that further criminalizes panhandling awaits the governor’s signature.
Both Indiana chambers passed the bill that would make it a misdemeanor to ask for money within 50 feet of any place where financial transactions are made, including parking meters. That effectively bans panhandling in downtown Indianapolis.
Supporters of the bill say aggressive panhandling is the biggest complaint they hear about Indianapolis from visitors.
The new law could face legal challenges. The Indiana ACLU says the measure is unconstitutional.