High Court To Hear Speech Battle Over Austin Billboard Rule

By Bill Donahue (June 28, 2021, 10:20 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would hear a First Amendment challenge to an Austin, Texas, city ordinance barring certain types of digital billboards.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a challenge to an Austin, Texas, rule barring certain types of digital billboards. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The grant of certiorari came a little under a year after the Fifth Circuit ruled that the city's billboard rule, which allows businesses to digitize on-premises signs but not elsewhere, was an unconstitutional content-based restriction on free speech.

In taking the case to the high court, Austin argued that...

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