Sammamish (Washington) Wants to Ban EMCs . . . Except for Schools/Churches

Two towns in the greater Seattle area, Sammamish and Issaquah, realize their sign codes are content based, and thus conflict with the SCOTUS 2015 Reed v. Gilbert decision, so each is looking to revise them, according to the Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter. http://www.issaquahreporter.com/news/issaquah-and-sammamish-examine-changes-to-city-signage-codes/

In so doing, Sammamish is looking to ban what it calls ERBs (electronic reader boards) . . .¬† except for schools and churches. At a June 19, 2018 public hearing, “a member of the public expressed support for non-commercial ERBs and cited their use for schools and churches as very beneficial to those organizations. Eastlake and Skyline high schools already use these boards, she said, and asked if it was possible to allow the use of ERBs on 228th Avenue Southeast from just south of Skyline up to Southeast 8th Street and have it only allowed on the east side of the road. Council member Tom Hornish asked legal council Charlotte Archer if that would be possible. Archer said that making a distinction between commercial and non-commercial is legally risky,” the newspaper reported.

Wade Swormstedt

Wade Swormstedt

Wade is Executive Director of the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry. Formerly he was Editor and Publisher of Signs of the Times magazine.

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Posted in Content Neutrality (Reed v. Gilbert), Electronic Message Centers, Sign Codes, Signs' Advertising Value, Supreme Court.