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Panhandling & Prayer: Regulating Conduct Under Recent Case Law

Panhandling regulations and legislative invocations – once considered a relatively settled area of constitutional law came under significant scrutiny as a result of the Due Process revolution of the 1960s. Since then, the Supreme Court has attempted to balance First Amendment protections and the government’s desire to achieve policy interests. Discussions focus on: panhandling regulations and legislative invocations, the origins of Supreme Court jurisprudence and evaluate status of the Supreme Court’s decision, Town of Greece and other decisions, and provide tips to consider when faced with a request to draft a local law or policy regulating panhandling or invocations.