First Amendment rights

A federal judge has ordered the city of Springfield to pay more than $330,000 to civil rights attorneys who represented two panhandlers in the legal fight over anti-panhandling laws in the city.

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A ban on panhandling in downtown Springfield that was ruled unconstitutional for infringing on First Amendment rights could soon be off the city's rulebooks.  An ordinance proposed this week would repeal panhandling regulations, including the ban on verbal requests for an immediate donation, which was ruled unconstitutional by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2015.