The Montgomery County council backed off on a bill earlier this year that would have made it illegal for county employees to solicit alongside roadways and in medians, after firefighters said the ban would have effectively ended their Fill The Boot campaign.
State law still bans anyone from soliciting in the roadway itself, and county fire chief Richard Bowers says he will discipline any firefighter caught breaking that law.
But council members like Marc Elrich are skeptical that will happen and have threatened to reintroduce that bill.
"If you get creative, you could win the battle,” he says. “You could do whatever you're going to do, and decide it's okay to go into the street. But you'll probably lose the war. Because the only reason we didn't pass the legislation is that we assumed there would be a good faith effort to make sure guys didn't go into the street."
The Fill The Boot campaign will run from August 31 to September 2.
A slate of new legislation has received an endorsement by the Virginia State Crime Commission that they say would give law enforcement more tools to investigate and prosecute child abuse.