Ohio Citizen Action

Bay Village approves new rules for door-to-door sales, canvassing

american-flag-clipart-2BAY VILLAGE — “Key in the new law, which takes effect immediately, is that a canvasser — defined as someone who ‘seeks to obtain or influences the opinions of the residents of the city’ — is treated differently than peddlers or solicitors, those attempting to sell or take orders for profit.

Rules adopted by Bay in June 2012 sparked a federal lawsuit early this year by Ohio Citizen Action. The grassroots group, which relies in part on canvassing for community organizing and support, objected to the tighter restrictions — especially to moving up the evening curfew for solicitations from 9 p.m. to 8 p.m, or sunset, whichever was earlier. That law also limited soliciting to Mondays through Saturdays, with no soliciting on Sundays or on any state or federal holiday.

The rules approved this week set the hours for canvassers as 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Canvassing, which could include seeking donations for a particular cause, is prohibited on state and federal holidays.”

— By Barb Galbincea, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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