Homeowners’ associations in Kansas may not like political yard signs, but they can no longer prohibit them, thanks to a law introduced by state Sen. Phil Journey, R-Haysville, and approved unanimously in May by the House and Senate. The law limits the signs’ size to less than 6 square feet and their display to 45 days before the election and two days afterward. But it protects a homeowner’s right to state his political preference on his lawn. “I think it’s good public policy to let people participate in politics, and this is one way people can do that,” Journey told the Topeka Capital-Journal. However, a First Amendment scholar doubts such laws’ legitimacy, because free speech constraints apply to governments, not homeowners’ and condominium associations.
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