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Camping Ban Ordinance Fails To Pass In Aurora City Council

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - The Aurora City Council's vote on Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman's camping ban ended in a tie once again. Last week's vote also ended in a tie.

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That means that Coffman won't be allowed to bring up the ordinance again for at least six months.

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Coffman introduced an ordinance that would ban people experiencing homelessness from camping on public or private property. Coffman says he's seen first-hand how addiction has caused a cycle of homelessness and believes the city needs a tool to get people out of encampments.

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Under the ordinance, outreach teams and law enforcement can issue a verbal or written order to move a person camping on public property to a shelter. If the person does not move, officers can issue a citation or make an arrest. Several members of the Aurora City Council opposed the idea.

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