LAS VEGAS - City officials have made it illegal to sleep within 500 feet of urine or feces.
The new ordinance makes it illegal to "knowingly establish" sleeping quarters near defecation unless that "deposit" is made in an appropriate sanitary facility. It was passed unanimously by the Las Vegas City Council as part of a bill making it a misdemeanor to go to the bathroom in public.
City Attorney Brad Jerbic says，"We were reviewing all park rules, including sleeping, camping and a number of other things people associate with parks."
Homeless and civil rights advocates said the ordinance is another attempt by city officials to target the homeless.
American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada Lee Rowland says，"I don't know how on earth a police officer would determine whether someone has knowingly set up shop next to" urine or feces.
An ordinance making it illegal to feed homeless people in parks passed July 19.
City officials say the ordinances are aimed at getting homeless people out of city parks and into city services.