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Des Moines Places New Restrictions on Standing at Medians, Panhandling
DES MOINES, Iowa -- New restrictions on panhandling were approved Monday night. This time, Des Moines City Council members say it won't impact free speech. The threat of a free speech lawsuit convinced Des Moines leaders to scrap a panhandling ordinance last year. Council members approved a new ordinance Monday night and say this time it’s focused on pedestrian safety.