- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has ordered Chandler to stop enforcing portions of the city’s sign code that violate state and federal freedom-of-speech provisions.

The decision came as a result of a lawsuit brought by the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute on behalf of Chandler business owners affected by the sign restrictions.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a similar sign ordinance in Gilbert a year ago.

The high court found that local government rules that treat signs differently based on what they say violates the First Amendment.

Chandler’s sign ordinance establishes a complicated set of rules that divide signs into 11 categories based on what they say and imposes different restrictions on each category.

The case was brought on behalf of business owners who were cited for advertising their business with signs.

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