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- Sep 3, 2011
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This is timely. My town (not the one in the linked article) is considering an ordinance to limit the size of "personal opinion signs". Supposedly, "personal opinion" also extends to developer advertising signs, real estate signs, etc., according to the meeting I attended last week. Maybe, we'll see.Professor Sues Town Over Yard Sign Free Speech
Professor Sues Town Over Yard Sign Free Speech - Hit & Run : Reason.com
Anyway, the city attorney and all the council people agree they cannot regulate content, just size. For what it's worth, no mention has been made regarding permits as in the linked article.
What do you think? 1) Does limiting size equate to limiting free speech? 2) Does the specific phrase "personal opinion" give you concern as it does me that it is an end-run around specific content language but still a way to regulate content?
It should be noted that my town's leaders acknowledge we have no current problems that this new ordinance would be addressing. Fact is that one property owner in another town 10 miles away has one sign (albeit rather large) that is political in nature on his property that is readable from the interstate highway and draws a lot of attention. Essentially, that town has a "problem", so we need an ordinance. :roll: