Lawmakers Take Aim at Homeowners' Associations

Maryland legislation challenges the reach of free speech in neighborhoods

By Andy Salsman
|  Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010  |  Updated 11:01 AM EDT
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Lawmakers Take Aim at Homeowners' Associations

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If you live in Maryland, you better hope your next-door neighbors’ political beliefs don’t offend you too much. It may soon be legal for them to hang whatever flags or posters or other signs they want outside of their house.

Frederick County Sen. Alex Mooney is introducing legislation that would make it illegal for homeowners' associations to ban residents from endorsing political candidates or ballot measures. Mooney said his bill would make sure we live in a “free country with free political process.”

If he gets his way, your neighbors may also come knocking on your door for more than just a friendly chat. Mooney’s bill would also allow people to go door-to-door for political candidates or causes.

A senate committee will hold a hearing on the legislation today.

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