Ohio Citizen Action

Ohio Citizen Action files federal lawsuit over Bay Village ordinance restricting solicitors

Bay Village City Hall

BAY VILLAGE — “Ohio Citizen Action objects to Bay Village’s earlier canvassing deadline as well as licensing requirements that apply to some but not all solicitors. Certain canvassers, including those who do not seek financial support and solicitors of local newspapers, are exempted from the requirement, according to the lawsuit.

The city’s law ‘unconstitutionally discriminates as to who must comply with the onerous licensing requirements…’ according to the lawsuit.

‘Their law is unconstitutional in about 15 different ways,’ Kobil said.

The 43-page lawsuit outlines alleged violations of rights guaranteed under the First and 14th amendments to the Constitution.”

— Bruce Gieselman, Sun News

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