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Miami's Proposed "Anti-Camping" Law Targets The Homeless

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UPDATE: At a meeting Thursday, March 12, the Miami City Commission deferred a final vote on the proposed "anti-camping" law for 30 days.

The Miami City Commission has a final vote scheduled for Thursday that would make it illegal for the homeless to camp out on public property.

The commission tentatively approved a version of the law on February 12 that banned “camping paraphernalia” such as sleeping bags and bedding.

If the law passes Thursday, police will be able to tell offenders to pick up their things and move or face a $500 fine, jail time or hard labor on the streets.

Officers can also confiscate unattended items.

Critics and homeless advocates say  this latest move is another way to criminalize homelessness. City officials say that is not the case. See how homeless Miamians are responding to the proposal in the video below.

https://youtu.be/UOJgoCi-uqc

Read more at MiamiHerald.com, and listen to the full story below:

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