Town tweaks canvassing ordinance after lawsuit

YORKTOWN, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana town sued by a consumer advocacy group over its restrictions on door-to-door canvassing has changed a town ordinance to remove the contested language.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana had sued Yorktown in March 2013 on behalf of the Citizens Action Coalition. That suit challenged the Delaware County town’s fees and regulations for door-to-door canvassers, and alleged that those limits were unconstitutional.

The Star Press reports that Yorktown’s town council updated its solicitors and peddlers ordinance this month to add in approved wording from the ACLU’s lawsuit.

Those changes come after a federal judge in October banned Yorktown from enforcing its earlier contested ordinance.

The town was also ordered to pay $62,000 and fees and costs that raised its total penalties to nearly $90,000.

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