A bill sent to the governor Sunday overrules local sign ordinances that regulate or prohibit the placement or number of political yard signs on private property or the unpaved right of way. In Wichita’s case, that would void the ban on placing signs on the grassy strips between sidewalks and streets – regulation intended to keep drivers’ sight lines clear. The new bill also would nix limits on the number of signs that property owners can display – something that Derby and some Johnson County cities have regulated. The final bill beats earlier versions of the legislation, which would have cracked down further on sign regulation. But two questions apply to this and all other legislative actions: Whatever happened to local control? Is this law really necessary? – Rhonda Holman
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