Heed Reed: Goldwater Institute’s Guidposts For Amending City Sign Codes
In Reed v. Town of Gilbert the United States Supreme Court made it clear that restricting signs based on their content violates the right to free speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. Unfortunately, a quick look around Arizona municipalities have either failed to revise their sign codes or failed to do so properly.
In light of Reed and changes in state law, local sign codes around the state must be revised. Doing so need not be difficult, so long as the guidelines set out are followed. Following these guidelines will not only protect free speech, but will also lead to simpler sign codes that are easier to follow and enforce, and protect taxpayers from costly and time-consuming lawsuits.