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February 18, 2021

Camping ban may be hard to enforce

SEATTLE (AP) — An affluent Seattle-area community has approved an ordinance prohibiting camping on public property, a measure the city says will connect homeless people to shelters but that might prove hard to enforce because of a federal court ruling.

The Mercer Island City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday to prevent people from staying outside or in their cars overnight, The Seattle Times reported. Violations will be a misdemeanor offense, subject to fines of up to $1,000 and 90 days in jail.

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