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Bill Would Outlaw Begging Near Highway Ramps

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - No more begging for handouts on highway exit ramps.

That’s the plan under a new bill introduced before the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

Alderman Ken Ortman says motorists are complaining about beggars walking between rows of vehicles, asking for change.

“I think we’re seeing a lot more of it because of, you know, the lack of jobs,” Ortman said. “But some people who solicit, they make a lot of money doing that, and I don’t know if they would ever want a job.”

Ortman’s bill would make it a crime to go begging within 100 feet of exit ramps. Violators would face either community service or a fine.

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