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Proposed ordinance to address homelessness in Tulsa revised

Posted at 11:47 AM, May 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-18 13:08:29-04

TULSA, Okla. — An ordinance that would take a harder approach to address some of Tulsa's homeless population is now being revised.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum first proposed the ordinance after Housing Solutions said the city saw a 2% increase in homelessness within the last year.

The original ordinance stated it would allow police officers to remove anyone blocking sidewalks and public right of way to help address campsites around the city.

Tulsa police and the city's legal team provided a revised version to the urban economic development committee on Wednesday addressing some questions, as well as getting into more specific details about what is stated in the ordinance.

Some of the revisions include:

  • Amending the locations where the ordinance applies
  • Defining the phrase "public right-of-way"
  • Creating a set of graduating penalties for violations of the ordinance

The UED committee is not set to vote on the newly-revised ordinance during Wednesday's meeting.

To see the full version of the revised ordinance:

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