Governor vetoes aggressive panhandling bill

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited "aggressive" panhandling.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills would have made it a misdemeanor offense to aggressively solicit someone in a public place. It would have also prohibited a person from asking for money within 15 feet of a bank entrance or ATM, or on a bus and other public transportation vehicle.

Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it was unclear how panhandling is a statewide issue, and because cities and towns would more effectively deal with such problems.

Brewer issued the veto on Thursday.

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