That would change statewide for future elections under a bill proposed by a legislator from nearby O'Fallon. The measure, by Republican Rep. Kurt Bahr, would prevent homeowners associations from enforcing or adopting bans on political signs.
"Should a private organization allow you to contract away constitutionally protected inherent rights?" Bahr asked.
If his proposal passes, subdivisions could still prohibit signs larger than 4 feet by 6 feet and restrict them to between 90 days before an election and 10 days after.
"It's a freedom of speech issue," Prinster said. "With a reasonable time limit, I don't see any problem." Prinster does have a campaign sign for his friend Rod Stratman in his window, which is allowed in his subdivision, Highland Estates.
Bahr said he became interested in the issue after a supporter living in the WingHaven development in O'Fallon was told he couldn't have a yard sign during his first race for the House in 2010.
Laws similar to Bahr's proposal are in effect in 10 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Bahr's legislation has little appeal for David Fine, who is on the three-member homeowners association board in Prinster's subdivision.
Fine said he was unaware of the bill's details but doesn't like it "anytime big government comes in."
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