Ohio town extends door-to-door solicitation hours after suit

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Following a lawsuit, a southwest Ohio suburb is extending the hours that solicitors are allowed to knock on doors.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports (http://bit.ly/2bl9Gmn ) Liberty Township trustees on Tuesday will extend door-to-door solicitation hours to 9 p.m. from May through September and to 6 p.m. from October through April.

The township is about 20 miles north of Cincinnati.

Township officials say they had to lift the curfew because courts have ruled that soliciting is protected by the Constitution as free speech.

A Utah pest control company had sued after trustees in June reaffirmed a 5 p.m. curfew on door-to-door soliciting.

Neighbors have expressed concerns that solicitors were using aggressive tactics.


Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront