Regulating Peddlers, Solicitors and Transient Merchants

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Published: November 9, 2023

Regulating Peddlers Solicitors and Transient Merchants
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Describes possible ways cities can regulate peddlers, solicitors, and transient merchants. Learn how to differentiate between the persons and practices in order to avoid legal challenges. Understand the meaning of reasonable regulations that do not violate any rights protected by the state or federal constitutions, such as first amendment free-speech, exercise of religion and the commerce clause. Contains easy-to-use charts on local authority and whether to license or merely register. Discusses “Green River” ordinances.

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