There has been some confusion about this due to an error from an earlier article.
COUNCIL BIlL 120017 was formally introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones and co-sponsored by Councillwoman Jannie Blackwell. Councilman Goode does not appear on the caption of this horrible bill.
That being said, it is with very firm belief by the founders of The Bandit Sign Project that this bill was introduced for the sole purpose to aid Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, the only sitting City Council member who has faced tough prosecution of the bandit sign law, who took the City of Philadelphia to Federal. Court complaining that this law prohibits free and fair elections, and lost his case then subsequently lost on appeal.
These defeats obviously have created sympathy with some members of City Council who want to ensure campaign materials are not impacted by the bandit sign law, but with this proposed bill to alter the law leaving several gaping loopholes to blanket legalization and endorsement of all bandit signs, City Council runs the risk of reversing years of campaigning against public litter and dealing with eyesores in the public realm.
This bill is absolutely unacceptable. Please sign the petition (below) and demand to City Council: we demand illegal advertising stay illegal.
ENFORCEMENT, not ENDORSEMENT.
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