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Salem City Council rejects ‘sit-lie’ ordinance


SALEM, Ore. (AP) – The Salem City Council rejected a proposal to outlaw sitting or lying on city sidewalks during the day.

The council instead voted Monday to establish a task force to study homelessness in downtown.

The Statesman Journal reports ( ) members of the public expressed concern about the proposal, saying it targets the homeless. Some called the proposal unconstitutional and inhumane.

Portland approved a similar ordinance that was struck down by a judge in 2009. The judge said it clashed with state law.

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