Summit County's townships have a new law to help deal with panhandlers.
County Council passed a new ordinance that does not register or charge fees to panhandlers, like other laws.
Instead, it uses a public safety tack to prohibit certain panhandling behavior.
"No one can pandle less than 25 feet from an intersection, from a crosswalk, from a driveway entrance," Bath Township administrator Vito Sinopoli tells AkronNewsNow.com. "They're prohibited from panhandling near ATM machines, near bus stops, near restaurants and cafes."
Sinopoli says that he came to county officials, and that townships then got together to come up with a consensus.
He says the new law defines "aggressive panhandling".
"Which is the type of panhandling which an individual may touch someone or block their path, or become very confrontational or hostile," Sinopoli explains.
He says those who cross that line could be charged with a fourth degree misdemeanor, and can be arrested.
Sinopli says just panhandling itself would be a minor misdemeanor.