Colorado Springs Plans Changes To Proposed Loitering Measure

September 17, 2015

Colorado Springs officials are delaying a vote and amending a proposed ban on sitting and lying in public rights-of-way.

The Gazette reports a penalty under the proposed law is being reduced from six months in jail and a $2,500 fine to no time in jail and a fine up to $500.

Residents have spoken against the sit-lie measure, saying it criminalizes homelessness without giving people the shelter they need. Members of the business community have expressed support for the law.

A vote will be held Nov. 24, two months later than originally planned.

Measure sponsor councilman Tom Strand says the sit-lie ordinance wouldn't go into effect until next year if it is approved.

Enacting the law would be delayed for 60 days to educate the public.