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Wichita still banning political signs in easements

Though the Legislature passed a law last year prohibiting cities from banning political yard signs in the public right of way along roads, the city of Wichita is still banning them. That’s because the city believes the law is unconstitutional, based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year. The court ruled unanimously that a somewhat similar Arizona law violated First Amendment rights because it had different rules based on the content of signs – political, ideological, directional. Kansas’ law has the same problem. The League of Kansas Municipalities also raised concerns about the enforceability of the Kansas law. However, some cities, such as Hutchinson and Topeka, have changed their policies and are now allowing signs. – Phillip Brownlee