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Bedford Approves New Ordinance Governing Signs

Sameul Shaw says he's had signs like this on his property for 20 years.

Last night, the Bedford City Council amended an ordinance governing property owners' use of signs.

The ordinance covers the location, size, and quantity of signs on residential and non-residential property.

The previous ordinance was a source of contention as the ACLU of Indiana challenged a September sign ordinance on behalf of resident Samuel Shaw. Shaw faced fines of $300 a day for his hand painted yard signs. The ACLU claimed the restrictions imposed by the ordinance were unconstitutional.

In a statement, the City of Bedford says they disagree that the sign ordinance was unconstitutional, but that the new ordinance has been changed to quote "unquestionably comply" with a 2015 Supreme Court case’s precedent and still achieve "virtually the same results."

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