Lexington Panhandling Ordinance

Alan Lytle

More than a hundred community and business leaders took part in a public meeting this morning dealing with the city’s pedestrian safety ordinance which went into effect earlier this week.  Commerce Lexington hosted the informational session to help city officials get the word out about the new law which they hope will further discourage panhandling, especially in the downtown area.

Josh James / WUKY

A city ordinance barring panhandlers and other pedestrians from approaching cars or standing in the roadway in 75 high-traffic areas will hit the docket later this week.

Josh James / WUKY

With Lexington’s anti-panhandling ordinance struck down and the practice on the rise, city leaders are trying out new language aimed at protecting pedestrians on or near roadways.


The panhandling surge in Lexington has captured the attention of city leaders and law enforcement.


Kentucky's Supreme Court says a panhandling ordinance in Lexington violated the free speech rights of a man arrested while holding a sign asking for money.