Pour me another coffee. Woke up early to make a big pancake breakfast for my smarty taking the STAAR test today.
In 2011, I attended multiple city council workshops about political signs and poll greeting during municipal elections.
There was a lot of hyperventilating talk about restricting the First Amendment at the polls, moving the municipal elections to a small unknown building, which you did not put into our city ordinances, and saved yourself a lawsuit or lawsuits.
You did however restrict political signs on public property and in parks, etc.
At the last council workshop, two weeks ago, I listened to several of you say that in spite of the fact that you banned signs on public property at the polling location, you have not enforced your own ordinance.
It sounded a lot like you didn’t realize the implications of your votes three years ago.
Thankfully, new state law makes that portion of your ordinance illegal.
Now, you’re set to vote tonight on changing the ordinance, again, with 13 days to go before early voting and include a penalty of $2,000 per “offense”.
With 13 days until early voting and candidate yard signs most likely already ordered and paid for, you’re set to vote tonight on changing the ordinance, again.
I think that’s bad timing and unfair to the city council and GCISD Trustee candidates on the ballot.
With the exception of striking the now illegal language, I ask that you not change the ordinance in the other ways, at this time.