Methuen Proposing Committee To Oversee Advertisements

The Methuen, MA city council is considering a proposal for a new committee to oversee the advertisements that appear on billboards.  The Eagle-Tribune reports on the the proposal which took place at  Tuesday’s city council meeting.

One city council member expressed concern over a billboard that advertised an app used to locate marijuana stores for users.  The discussion that followed included a suggestion that everyone who owns a billboard would have to come before the proposed committee and explain what would go on the billboard.  The hope would be that the billboard committee could be a buffer to what kind of advertisements appear in Methuen.

The council expects to see a formal proposal in the near future.

Insider’s Take – Fortunately, the city attorney was at the meeting and already is expressing his concerns about First Amendment rights.  Any ordinance they put together would most likely run into a legal challenge.  Will provide further updates as they become available.

 


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