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Brewer signs bill barring HOAs from meddling in politics

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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:59 am | Updated: 4:35 pm, Fri Apr 29, 2011.

Homeowner associations are going to lose some more of their power over residents.

Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday signed legislation which restricts the ability of HOAs to keep out politicians and their campaign materials.

The law, which takes effect this summer, says the associations cannot regulate door-to-door political activity. That includes bids to get residents to support or oppose specific candidates or measures on the ballot.

But the final version of the bill does limit such activities to areas ``normally open to visitors.’’ And HOA boards also can limit campaign activities to daylight hours.

The legislation also expands the ability of homeowners to have political signs, overruling any regulations that these signs have to be commercially produced.

Brewer also signed separate legislation to expand the list of flags that HOA residents could fly despite regulations to the contrary.

Current law overrides any rules when it comes to the U.S. flag, the flags of any branch of the military, the state flag, the POW-MIA flag and the flag of any Indian nation. The new law would add the Gadsden flag to that list, that yellow flag with the drawing of a coiled rattle snake and the phrase ``Don’t Tread on Me.’’

Backers say it simply recognizes the historical role of the flag during the American Revolution.

But some of the foes pointed out that the flag has most recently become a Tea Party symbol of revolt against government authority.

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