Robinson stops enforcement of ban on political signs
By Tory N. Parrish
Published: Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 7:39 p.m.
Robinson suspended its enforcement of a ban on political signs in rights of way on Friday after the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania threatened to take legal action, a township official said.
Claiming the township was unfairly removing political signs only for Republican candidates for the board of commissioners in the Nov. 5 election, the Republican Committee of Robinson Township filed a complaint with the ACLU in September.
The ACLU sent a letter, dated Oct. 23, to Robinson stating that the sign ordinance was illegal because bans of signs on public property are legal only if all types of signs are prohibited, and it alleged that Robinson was allowing advertising signs and signs promoting judges.
Robinson agreed to the ACLU's request to suspend its ordinance until at least after the election, township Manager Jeffrey Silka said.
“After consulting with the solicitor, we thought it was in the best interest to suspend the ordinance and take a look at it at the upcoming meetings,” he said.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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