September 30, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A new ordinance in Las Vegas is aimed at requiring handbill distributors - the ones who distribute pamphlets that advertise exotic dancers - to pick those pamphlets up off the sidewalk if they're tossed aside by tourists.
The cards and pamphlets most often depict scantily clad women, and officials say the ordinance is merely an effort to solve an X-rated litter problem and thereby clean up the famed Las Vegas Strip.
There's a hitch, though.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the law could run afoul of the First Amendment. The ACLU says police can't cite handbill distributors for litter if tourists are the ones littering.
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