Anchorage Repeals Law Banning Sidewalk-Sitting

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File photo of a young girl sitting on a side road.  (credit: Lynn Koenig/GettyImages)

File photo of a young girl sitting on a side road. (credit: Lynn Koenig/GettyImages)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly has repealed a section of a law that makes it illegal to sit or lie down on downtown sidewalks.

Two Assembly members who initially voted for the no-sitting provision sponsored an ordinance to repeal it. It passed on a 7-2 vote Tuesday night.

But Mayor Dan Sullivan told the Daily News Tuesday night he plans to veto the repeal. Eight votes are needed to overturn a veto.

Sullivan said earlier this month that police have issued no citations under the law.

The law approved in November makes it illegal to sit or lie down on downtown sidewalks from 6 a.m. through midnight Monday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. through 2:30 a.m. the next morning on Friday and Saturday. There are exceptions for medical emergencies, watching a parade or waiting for a bus.

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