panhandling en Springfield's Fight Against Panhandling <p>Springfield's effort to reduce panhandling in the downtown area is facing a legal challenge.&nbsp;&nbsp; While business owners say a city ordinance has worked, critics say it infringes on free speech rights.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Lee Strubinger 18279 at Springfield's Fight Against Panhandling Panhandling Suit Filed In Springfield <p>Springfield is defending its policies on panhandlers after a new lawsuit accused the city of violating free-speech rights by barring panhandlers from asking for money. &nbsp;<br>The suit filed on behalf of panhandlers this week in federal court says police wrongly tell panhandlers that what they're doing is illegal.&nbsp; Springfield's ordinance is a bit confusing.&nbsp; It prohibits vocal requests for money, but allows someone to hold a sign making a similar request.&nbsp; The city passed the measure back in 2007 for the downtown area.</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:28:35 +0000 Associated Press and WUIS 8355 at Panhandling Suit Filed In Springfield