SENATOR KEHOE’S BILL TO PROTECT TENANTS' FREE SPEECH RIGHTS HEADS TO GOVERNOR

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September 1, 2011 – Sen. Christine Kehoe’s (D-San Diego) legislation to allow renters to display political signs in their apartments and homes passed the Assembly today with bipartisan support and now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration.

 

“Renters deserve the right to participate in our democracy and express their views just as much as homeowners,” said Kehoe. “There is no reason to continue this ‘second class’ status for the 40 percent of Californians who are renters and wish to post signs supporting candidates.”

 

SB 337 would allow tenants to post signs for political candidates and ballot measures in the windows of their apartments and homes. Current law allows residents in mobile home parks, homeowners’ associations, and common interest developments to display similar signs, but such protections don’t apply to renters.

 

SB 337 received support from the American Civil Liberties Union.