You wouldn’t know it from reading marquees around town, but it’s illegal in the city of Las Vegas for hotels and wedding chapels to advertise rates or special services on their signs.
Given that the law is routinely ignored — and never enforced — city officials now propose to repeal it entirely.
This is a good thing that should be done more often.
First of all, any law that leads otherwise law-abiding citizens to flout compliance is most likely a bad law.
Second, this particular ordinance is unconstitutional on its face. “Under First Amendment speech doctrine, the (U.S.) Supreme Court has been pretty strong-minded about treating laws that go after advertising that is not inherently deceptive as (having) … free speech protection,” notes UNLV law professor Tom McAffee.
The full City Council is expected to take up the matter in September. Board members shouldn’t think twice about dropping the ordinance from the books — and then, perhaps, trimming a few more useless or overly restrictive bureaucratic edicts.