Peddler ban gets final OK

Solicitors going door-to-door to sell anything from magazines to insurance will no longer be able to do so in Greenwood.

The Greenwood City Council voted 8-1 to approve a ban on solicitors and peddlers this week. Council member Brent Corey voted against it, saying he was concerned about the risk of the city facing a lawsuit over the new rules. City attorney Krista Taggart said she believes the ban is constitutional and could be defended against a lawsuit.

Exempt from the ban are children under the age of 18 and everyone going door-to-door for political candidates, to discuss religion or to seek donations for a charity. Peddlers would only be able to sell at a residential home if they were invited to do so by the resident or if there was a sign saying sales were welcome.

Violating the rules could result in a fine ranging from $50 to $2,500. Door-to-door sales still would be allowed at businesses, as long as there is not a no soliciting sign.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.