The Springfield, Mo., City Council discussed proposed ordinances to improve downtown's Park Central Square during a meeting Monday. The measures would ban smoking, panhandling and skateboarding, as well as require a permit for handing out food to homeless people. Business owners, some of whom were part of a task force that proposed the ordinances, praised the measures, while others questioned their legality and called them overreaching. The council plans to vote on the ordinances at its next meeting.
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