GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the Grand Junction City Council's recent ordinance creating specific regulations on panhandling.
The ordinance is set to go into effect on Sunday, March 23.
According to City Attorney John Shaver the ACLU has petitioned the court for a temporary restraining order to prevent the ordinance from being enforced. Although the court has yet to rule on that aspect of the case, Shaver also says that the City will assess the claims and will be filing a response to the court.
"The City staff and Council were very thoughtful in how we approached this ordinance and the circumstances that it addresses," says Shaver. "I have not yet had time to fully consider the ACLU’s claims but will and certainly as appropriate and directed by Council defend the City’s position."
More information regarding the lawsuit will be posted here as it becomes available.