Los Angeles County seeks review of ruling on homelessness

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to join an effort to seek reversal of a court decision that restricts efforts to bar homeless people from sleeping on sidewalks in Western states.

The board voted 3-2 Tuesday to direct county lawyers draft a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a challenge to a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against the city of Boise, Idaho.

The appeals court ruled that it is unconstitutional to arrest or otherwise sanction homeless people who sleep on sidewalks when there isn't enough housing or available shelter beds.

Boise has asked the Supreme Court to review the 9th Circuit's decision in the case, which began in 2009.

There are close to 60,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County.

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