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House Approves Measure Targeting Panhandlers & Prostitutes

House Approves Measure Targeting Panhandlers & Prostitutes

The House unanimously agreed Thursday to create a new misdemeanor crime targeting prostitutes and panhandlers.

House Bill 1158 by Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans, would allow police to arrest people for soliciting funds or transportation from another person.

Violations would carry a jail sentence of up to six months and a fine of no more than $200.

The proposal heads next to the Senate for debate.

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