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McComb board clarifies political sign laws

MCCOMB — The city of McComb has amended an ordinance to remove regulations on political campaign signs placed on private property.

“No local, state or federal law can limit what private citizens post on their property,” city attorney Wayne Dowdy told the board this week.

The previous ordinance forbade any campaign signs within 60 days of an election.

The Enterprise-Journal reports Dowdy told the board of selectmen that the old ordinance was unenforceable and a violation of First Amendment free speech rights.

The new ordinance does not require a permit for political signs on private property, but it does prohibit signs on city property and fences, poles or right of ways of city property.

Selectman Michael Cameron pointed out one issue.

“The problem has been that candidates don’t know where some of these public spaces are,” Cameron said. “But this was about making the ordinance simple for candidates and simple for the city to enforce, and I think we’ve done that.”

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