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City council members review suggestions on Ordinance 7333

Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Proposed changes to a controversial city ordinance are now in the hands of city leaders. Tuesday afternoon, a subcommittee presented suggestions to reform an ordinance that some say targets the homeless.

The Amarillo City Council finally received a chance to look over the recommendations by the Ad-hoc subcommittee on Ordinance 7333. The ordinance restricts anyone from camping overnight on public property.   

The subcommittee presented their suggestions during city council work session. The group recommended rewording the vague language in the ordinance, revisiting HUD guidelines and discussed the possibility of adding another shelter.

"We have asked staff to look at that and for our legal staff to intersect what we can do as a council with the views of this committee," said Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole. "The community has been very caring and concerned about it and we'll address that as we look at what the results of the subcommittee were." 

Harpole says the council will most likely make recommendations to adjust the ordinance. The mayor also thanked the subcommittee for its time and effort in reviewing the ordinance.

City council members are expected to address their findings again within the coming weeks.

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