City Council votes to decriminalize trash diving in public garbage cans

April 17, 2013 2:38:50 PM PDT
It's now legal to dig through public trash cans in Houston.

City Council members voted Wednesday to decriminalize public trash digging on public property. Rummaging in trash on private property remains illegal.

The change came after a homeless veteran was ticketed last month for rummaging through a trash can at Hermann Park. His civil rights lawyer called the rule unconstitutional.
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