SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has sent letters to 10 governments around New Mexico asking them to repeal their ordinances on panhandling.

The letters are part of a coordinated effort by the National Center on Homelessness and Poverty that is targeting 240 ordinances across 12 states.

Santa Fe's ordinance prohibits people from begging from people who are eating at a sidewalk cafe. In Espanola, multiple people can't beg together.

Maria Martinez Sanchez, a staff attorney with the ACLU, says in Artesia, panhandlers need a permit approved by a city or police official before they can beg for money.

The mayors for the three cities did not return calls for comment from the Albuquerque Journal.

The ACLU said Tuesday that it also sent a letter to Los Alamos.