The Indianapolis City-County Council is targeting mutual aid services under the guise of concerns for litter and potential violence. Sponsored by Councilors Zach Adamson, Kristin Jones, and Vop Osili, Proposal 256 will take effect in October, if passed. It imposes criminal charges and fines on anyone doing charitable distribution to 10 or more individuals on city property or public sidewalks without a permit.
Even if such a license is obtained, it can be revoked by the Office of Public Health and Safety (OPHS) if complaints are received from the public or any law enforcement agency. Prop 256 threatens a $250 fine for first time offenders and those with multiple violations will be fined $500.
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