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Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes aggressive panhandling bill

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited ``aggressive'' panhandling.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills would have made it a misdemeanor offense to aggressively solicit someone in a public place. It would have also prohibited a person from asking for money within 15 feet of a bank entrance or ATM, or on a bus and other public transportation vehicle.

Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it was unclear what how panhandling is statewide issue, and because cities and towns would more effectively deal with such problems.

Brewer issued the veto on Thursday.

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