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December 20, 2006

ISSUE:

County Executive John R. Leopold is dusting off a 2004 law he sponsored as a delegate that would empower Anne Arundel County to license roadside panhandlers. Leopold, who took office Dec. 4, hopes to curb what he called a public safety problem. He said he envisions a permit system that would function similarly to the request process for a one-day liquor license. He said the fee would be nominal and could be waived for those who cannot afford it.

Critics have said licensing panhandlers would create an administrative and enforcement burden, and that it would constitute an unconstitutional limit on free speech. Nonprofit organizations have said a fee would restrict their fundraising efforts.

YOUR VIEW:

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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