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LACEY - The Lacey City Council unanimously voted this week to approve a ban on homeless camping in the city.

The new law will essentially keep individuals from sleeping in tents and RVs on public property.

The newly approved ban cannot be enforced unless the City of Lacey has a safe location to send the homeless.

More than a few people objected to the ordinance, and said it criminalizes homelessness. Those that spoke out also vowed to pursue legal action against the ordinance.

Several counties and cities in the area and in the State of Washington have similar ordinances in place.

Those caught violating the camping ban would be subject to a misdemeanor, which would carry a fine of $1,000 and jail time.

Before a violator can be cited, a police officer would be required to offer the homeless person shelter space.

The ban does not apply to those camping on private property.

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