Thursday, May 20, 2010

Campaign Signs Debate Moves To Committee

May 25th is the date that has been chosen for Putnam County's Land and Facilities committee to meet and discuss whether or not to ban campaign signs on county property. Officials with the Ambulance Service and the County Health Department say the signs became something of a safety issue during the May primaries, but county attorney Jeff Jones says an outright ban on such signs may not be legal because it would infringe on a candidate's right to freedom of speech. He says the tilting point for governmental intervention would be whether or not it is determined that the signs create a safety hazard. A recommendation from the committee will be heard by the full county commission next month.