Ohio Citizen Action

Peddlers are free to knock on Columbus doors until 8 p.m.

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COLUMBUS — “Columbus’ 8 p.m. curfew applies only to commercial solicitors, said Assistant City Attorney Josh Cox. He said commercial activity still has some First Amendment protection, and city officials felt that, to be safe, they should move the curfew back two hours.

He said it doesn’t apply to nonprofit groups raising money, such as school boosters, or religious groups and political groups collecting signatures. They can ring your doorbell at any hour, although that is not the case in some other cities.

Ohio Citizen Action sued the Dayton suburb of Englewood after officials told the grass-roots anti-pollution group that it could not collect signatures on issues after 6 p.m.

‘Our time frame has always been 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.,’ said Rachael Belz, Citizen Action’s executive director.

Citizen Action wants to reach people after work, said Daniel T. Kobil, the group’s attorney.

Englewood’s 6 p.m. curfew ‘gutted the ability to talk to people,’ violating their free-speech rights, he said.”

— Mark Ferenchik, Columbus Dispatch

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