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Las Vegas bans sleeping or camping on streets

The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday (November 6) approved a controversial ordinance that makes camping or sleeping on the street illegal, local media reported. 

The measure, which passed in a 5-2 vote, makes it a misdemeanor to rest or sleep on downtown streets, as well as other residential areas, if beds are available at shelters. 

Violators could face a fine of up to $1,000 or be jailed for up to six months, according to local media. 

Critics have blasted the move, arguing that it unfairly criminalizes homelessness and will only further impoverish those slapped with fines and a criminal record.

But supporters say the ban will help homeless people by moving them to a safer environment. 

Businesses and residents have long complained about the encampments negatively affecting their property. 

Las Vegas’ ban is set to go into effect on Sunday, local media said.

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