Nashville council member proposes bill to ban street vendors from selling to people in cars

Bill fails in first reading
Posted: 8:08 AM, Jan 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-03 23:37:19-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro council member Steve Glover introduced a bill that would ban street vendors from selling to people in cars.

Every week, more than 300 people purchase The Contributor and then resell it for a profit on the street. The proposed bill would make that illegal.

However, Glover says it says it would make everyone safer. Opponents say handing a newspaper through a window shouldn't be illegal and the proposed ban is unconstitutional.

The Contributor says their vendors are trained and held accountable to sell safely and legally. The bill does not mention panhandling.

Glover tried to pass a similar bill in 2015, but it failed after backlash from homeless advocates.

Metro Council members voted down the bill in its first reading during a council meeting. However, Glover said he would work to bring it back at some point.