Mayor, Bond strike deal on 'aggressive panhandling' ordinance

Proposal is 'constitutional but will also show heart and compassion'


After initially butting heads over legislation aimed at curbing aggressive panhandling, Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond yesterday announced they'd found common ground.

The mayor and councilman, who have jousted in the past over such issues as selling the city jail, said they sat down together that morning to create a measure that they think will be easier to enforce.

"We drafted an ordinance that's constitutional but will also show heart and compassion," Reed said while standing alongside the councilman during a Tuesday press conference about the legislation.