The Gazette reports the City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordinance to outlaw various forms of solicitation downtown. The measure is scheduled to receive final approval Nov. 27.
Police Chief Pete Carey says violators will get warnings at first but will be issued a summons for a second violation.
The council also has modified an ordinance so that no soliciting can occur within 20 feet of building entrances, instead of the current six feet. In a separate vote, the council banned soliciting along state highways.