BRANSON MO NEWS: Drivers and pedestrians are used to seeing the numerous political signs which pop up on front lawns in the weeks leading up to elections.But not in some suburban subdivisions, where they’re banned by rules enforced by homeowners’ associations.
That would change in time for the Nov. 6 general election under a bill passed last week by the Missouri Legislature.If signed by Gov. Eric Greitens, the measure will prohibit deed restrictions, covenants and similar binding agreements that bar the display of political signs.
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The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kurt Bahr, R-O’Fallon, does allow subdivision homeowners’ associations to adopt “reasonable” rules on the time, size, place, number and manner of display of such placards. Signs placed in common-ground areas could still be banned.Bahr, who had tried since 2012 to pass such legislation, says subdivision bans run counter to free speech rights.”Yard signs are a form of political speech protected by the First Amendment,” he said.
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