Johnston County approves panhandling rules
Posted January 4, 2012
Smithfield, N.C. — Johnston County has become the latest place to adopt regulations for panhandlers.
The county Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved rules that require anyone asking for money on the street to get a permit for the activity. Permits are free and are good for one year.
Raleigh and Wake County also approved panhandling regulations in recent months.
The American Civil Liberties Union has sent letters to officials in Raleigh and the two counties, expressing concern that requiring permits for panhandling violates people's free speech rights.