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Marion lawsuit settled;
Citizen Action to canvass Monday

For immediate release
April 13, 2001

CONTACT:
Simona Vaclavikova, 614-263-4111
Ed Icove, 216-771-1760

COLUMBUS -- Ohio Citizen Action announced today that it has settled its First Amendment lawsuit with the City of Marion. Ohio Citizen Action sued Marion on February 5, 2001, charging that Marion’s canvassing ordinance, which had a 7 p.m. curfew for door-to-door canvassing, was unconstitutional.

As part of the settlement, Marion agreed to change its ordinance to allow canvassing until 9 p.m. Ohio Citizen Action agreed to comply with Marion’s registration requirements, and Marion agreed to pay the organization $25,000, including damages and attorney’s fees.

"We are looking forward to talking directly with the residents of Marion about the problems at the River Valley Schools," said Simona Vaclavikova, Ohio Citizen Action Columbus Area Director. "Up until 1999, Ohio Citizen Action had successfully canvassed Marion for 20 years. We are eager to reconnect with our members there." Ohio Citizen Action will begin its canvass of Marion on Monday, April 16.

Marion’s canvassing ordinance, which was originally passed in 1970, was not enforced against Ohio Citizen Action until 1999. Attorneys Edward Icove of Smith and Condeni in Cleveland and Kimberly Skaggs of the Equal Justice Foundation in Columbus represented Ohio Citizen Action in the case.

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