City stalls vagrancy proposal over ACLU letter in opposition

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city’s council has postponed the second reading of a proposed vagrancy ordinance to allow time to respond to a letter opposing it from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports St. Albans Mayor Scott James made a motion Monday evening to have the ordinance tabled until the next City Council meeting on Nov. 19 to give City Attorney Tim LaFon time to research and respond to the ACLU.

The ordinance would allow St. Albans police to charge vagrancy against anyone who loiters or sleeps around streets and public places of assembly.

The ACLU of West Virginia sent the letter last month asking council members to reconsider before voting on the proposal. The ACLU says the ordinance is unconstitutional and discriminates against people for being homeless.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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