Conaway to propose ban on distribution of political ads

April 14, 2006|By JOHN FRITZE

Days after the City Council approved a ban on leaving commercial fliers on stoops and in fences, City Councilwoman Belinda Conaway said yesterday she wants to prohibit the placement of political advertisements as well.

Conaway, the only council member who voted against the commercial flier ban, pointed to what some have called its hypocrisy: pizza fliers and Chinese menus would be forbidden, but campaign material would not.

"It is dishonest to assume that residents will treat political literature any better than commercial circulars," said Conaway, who represents northwest Baltimore, in a statement. She said she hopes to introduce the legislation later this month.

The council approved the ban Monday 10-1 with four abstentions. Supporters say banning the advertisements will reduce clutter caused when residents leave them in the street.

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