Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sign Poses Constitutional Questions

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sign Poses Constitutional Questions

Article excerpt

Setting rules for selling ads on a community bulletin board is raising some questions for Franklin Park.

The electronic sign being installed at Franklin Village shopping center at Brandt School Road and Route 910 will be used to display community events for 30 minutes each hour. The borough wants to sell commercial advertising for the rest of the time.

A draft plan presented to council last Wednesday would limit advertising to nonoffensive material and would ban political ads. That ban raised a red flag for Solicitor Ira Weiss.

The First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits government interference with free speech. Weiss noted that some municipal laws banning homeowners from placing campaign signs on their lawns have been challenged. …

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