Barre police not enforcing anti-panhandling ordinances

BARRE, Vt. (WCAX) Barre city officials are debating repeals of the city's anti-panhandling laws in response to a letter from the Vermont American Civil Liberties Union arguing a ban violates the First Amendment.

In letters to six towns, including Barre, the ACLU referred to a 2015 Supreme Court ruling that expanded free speech protections, saying the ruling later resulted in over two dozen anti-panhandling ordinances being found unconstitutional.

The Barre City Council met Tuesday to discuss repealing the law. Barre Police Chief Timothy Bombardier says he has issues with the current law and has already decided not to enforce it.