ACLU Challenging a new Grand Junction City Ordinance

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. A suit filed Wednesday morning challenges the anti-panhandling ordinance recently passed by the Grand Junction City Council.

In its complaint, the American Civil Liberties Union says the ordinance bans a wide range of speech protected by the first amendment.

The new ordinance is supposed to go into effect on Sunday, March 23rd, but the ACLU is looking to stop it before it can.

"This is an ordinance that is aimed at driving people who are homeless out of the community and into other communities," says ACLU Colorado Executive Director, Nathan Woodliff-Stanely. "But it affects not only the homeless it affects a wide-range of people and it's far too broad."

The suit was filed in a Denver federal court Wednesday morning.

The ACLU has also asked for an expedited hearing since the ruling is supposed to take affect this weekend.

The city's attorney says he will be filing a response with the courts as well.

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