New Mexico cities to halt panhandling ordinance

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Some New Mexico cities will stop citing panhandlers for now.

The ACLU last month put cities on notice for their panhandling laws, which ban people that ask for money, saying that they were not constitutional. 

They gave the cities until Tuesday to respond but only heard back from three of the ten.

Artesia agreed to rescind its ordinance altogether.

Los Alamos said it would put a moratorium into effect and Los Lunas said it would work with the ACLU to come up with a solution.

It’s unclear what the ACLU’s next steps are in dealing with the other cities, which include Elephant Butte, Espanola, Las Cruces, Mesilla, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe and Silver City. 

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