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Pensacola City Council reversing ordinance on homeless using blankets

PENSACOLA    --  The Pensacola city council is moving towards getting rid of an ordinance that bans homeless people from sleeping with a blanket on city property.
   
Last night council members voted four to three to get rid of the entire law.
However, the proposal will still have to pass a second reading, later this month, before becoming law.
   
For now they voted to remove some of the language in the ordinance.
The ban on tents and other temporary structures remains in place but people can now use a blanket or sleeping bag.

"These ordinances are all human rights violation and we need compassion for the homeless and not these kinds of laws"
   
"I feel very excited. We asked for something very simple, and we got there, but there's alot of work to be done."

The council also established a task force to help with long-term solutions to the homeless problem.