Anchorage Assembly Postpones Mayor’s Sidewalk Sitting Proposal

The Anchorage Assembly has shelved a proposal by Mayor Dan Sullivan to restrict sitting on sidewalks and panhandling downtown. The assembly voted nine to one Tuesday night to postpone the proposed ordinance indefinitely. At the same meeting, about a dozen people spoke against the proposal.

The proposal would have to be reintroduced to bring it before the assembly again.

Sullivan has said the proposal arose in response to a homeless man who has been sitting or lying on sidewalks near City Hall to protest the city’s policies on homelessness.

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