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New law on political yard signs likely unconstitutional

A meddlesome new state law prohibiting cities and counties from regulating the placement of political yard signs likely is unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down an Arizona ordinance this past June because it applied different regulations to different signs based on the content of the speech, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. Similarly, the Kansas law doesn’t treat all yard signs the same, as it applies only to political signs and not other types of signs. Larry Baer, general counsel for the League of Kansas Municipalities, said Kansas’ law is unlikely to withstand a constitutional challenge. – Phillip Brownlee