SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police says the city ordinance against loitering downtown and sleeping on the sidewalk is difficult to enforce.
City leaders want to make some changes to the law. The changes would expand the geographical boundaries of the “Sit and Lie” ordinance.
The downtown corridor suffers the negative effects of criminal activity by groups of individuals who congregate on sidewalks according to officials.
The changes to the “Sit and Lie” ordinance would give police the authority to take action on those lying down on public sidewalks. It also expands the boundaries downtown to reflect the problem locations of Third Street North to Spokane Falls Boulevard and Division West to Maple.
The proposal also increases the hours the law applies. It would start at 6 a.m. and go until 3 a.m. the next morning instead of ending at 9 p.m. the same day.