MADISON (WKOW) The City-County Liaison Committee opted against amending the City County Building's rules on loitering Monday night.
The committee heard two hours of public comment on the proposal before discussing it for another 60 minutes.
The proposed change ultimately failed on a 4-4 vote.
Enis Ragland, the Mayor's representative on the committee, said the CCLC should view itself as the landlord of the City-County Building.
“We would not allow the conditions we see on the front porch here to happen on any private owner's property,” Ragland said.
Ragland mentioned behaviors like public urination and defecation, public intoxication and public sex as reasons to crack down on loitering.
But Ald. Mark Clear, a member of the City-County Liaison Committee, said painting all homeless people with one brush was not the right policy.
“Everything you talked about is illegal. This committee doesn't have to take any action to enforce the types of behaviors you're talking about,” Clear said. “So I think it's really important for us to focus on those behaviors.”********