LACEY, Wash. (AP) – A ban on homeless camping in Lacey, Washington, has been approved.
KOMO reports the new law will keep people from sleeping in tents and RVs on public property. However, until the city has somewhere safe to send the homeless, the ban can’t actually be enforced. It was passed unanimously by the City Council.
Several people spoke out against the camping ban saying it criminalizes homelessness. They vowed to mount a legal challenge although several counties and cities in the area already have similar ordinances.
Violating the camping ban would be a misdemeanor and could carry a fine of up to $1,000 and jail time. However, before a person can be cited the officer would have to offer shelter space.
The new law does not apply to camping on private property.