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Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:28 PM

Louisiana About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Beg For Money

If you are poor, live in Louisiana, and have the audacity ask someone else for help, be prepared to spend up to six months in jail.

A new bill to outlaw panhandling is quickly moving its way through the Louisiana legislature. HB 1158 would criminalize solicitation, making it a misdemeanor punishable with a maximum fine of $200 and up to six months in jail. The bill is targeted not just at panhandlers, but hitchhikers and those engaged in prostitution as well.

The bill passed the Louisiana House last week by a vote of 89-0. There was no floor debate. It is now being taken up by the Senate, where it will be acted on Tuesday.

The bill’s author, State Rep. Austin Badon (D), told Post TV that he hoped that banning begging will somehow lead to fewer poor people on the streets. He doubted that many were in actual need, saying, “they’re paying their cell phone bills, they’re paying their computer bills. It’s a racket.”

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http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/29/3432024/louisiana-panhandling-ban/

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Reply Louisiana About To Make It Illegal For Homeless People To Beg For Money (Original post)
n2doc Apr 2014 OP
KamaAina Apr 2014 #1
shraby Apr 2014 #2
MountainLaurel Apr 2014 #3
msongs Apr 2014 #4
lpbk2713 Apr 2014 #5
upaloopa Apr 2014 #6
Drale Apr 2014 #7
Jefferson23 Apr 2014 #8
Jefferson23 Apr 2014 #9
lpbk2713 Apr 2014 #11
RandoLoodie Apr 2014 #12
Jefferson23 Apr 2014 #14
mylye2222 Apr 2014 #10
ck4829 Apr 2014 #13
Fumesucker Apr 2014 #15
Gothmog Apr 2014 #16
RedCappedBandit Apr 2014 #17

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:30 PM

1. "those engaged in prostitution"?

 

In the state where Diaper Dave wants to be governor?!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:30 PM

2. Does that include politicians asking for "donations"? That's solicitation

and begging.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:31 PM

3. Ah, Austin Badon

I should have known. This is the same guy who gave Louisiana last week's "using brain-dead women as incubators against their wishes" bill.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:32 PM

4. churches beg for money every sunday. will that be illegal too? nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:39 PM

5. W W J D ?




What would Jindal do?


This reminds me of a GD OP I saw yesterday wherein
the PTB wanted their judges to be more "Biblical".


Every city in Biblical times had its share of needy
people begging for alms.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:39 PM

6. Oh my god people are begging to pay their bills

What they should do is give up looking for work on their computers and waiting for job interview phone calls.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:40 PM

7. Does this include Corporations begging the legislature for money or

politicians begging people for money?

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Response to Drale (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:41 PM

8. +1

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:45 PM

9. The bill's author is a Democrat:

Representative Austin J. Badon, Jr.
Democrat District 100

http://house.louisiana.gov/h_reps/members.asp?ID=100

*He doubted that many were in actual need, saying, “they’re paying their cell phone bills, they’re paying their computer bills. It’s a racket.”

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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #9)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:49 PM

11. That's a poor analogy on his part.




Phones and internet access are vital to anyone looking for any kind of employment.

Maybe he just wouldn't know what it's like to have to look for gainfull employment.


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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #9)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:49 PM

12. "Sideshow Bob"

 

was a homeless guy I used to drink with.

He had a cellphone.

Not that it proves anything - if you get foodstamps, you can get a free phone.

We had plenty of good times until the Union Pacific bulls broke up his little camp.

Granted, he spent his panhandling money on more booze, but if you live outside, I wouldn't begrudge him that.

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Response to RandoLoodie (Reply #12)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:54 PM

14. Interesting. If a person lives outside, I would not begrudge them either. You sound like

a nice guy too...nice to meet you.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:46 PM

10. Just another RW digusting measure......

 

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 01:50 PM

13. What happens when you don't want to fight homelessness? Just get rid of the homeless! Problem solved

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #13)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 02:28 PM

15. No, you just mandate the homeless buy a house



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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 03:26 PM

16. This law is probably illegal

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Apr 29, 2014, 03:30 PM

17. Seems like a blatant violation of freedom of speech IMO

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