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AKRON -- TheSummit County Council is considering a resolution that would put several restrictions on public begging.

Panhandlers would be required to wear reflective vests.

There would be established "no begging zones," such as near banks and shopping centers. There would be limited hours and agressive panhandling would be prohibited.

Incidents in Bath Township have lead to the consideration of this new law.

Because Bath and the eight other unincorporated communities in the county have no power to make such restrictions, they must rely on the county council.

Bath Township Police say it's a safety issue.

"They have to stop suddenly in road when people stop to make donations. There is a chain reaction affect and a potential for traffic crashes," Police Chief Mike McNeely said.

Council members debated the resolution late Monday afternoon.

It still needs a full vote of council to pass.

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