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Md. high court hears free-speech challenge to Baltimore’s billboard tax

Baltimore’s tax on commercial billboard operators unconstitutionally infringes on their right to free speech in the advertisements and messages they post, an attorney for the city’s leading billboard owner told a skeptical Maryland high court Friday. Billboards are “a venerable form of media,” like newspapers and books, Virginia A. Seitz said. Baltimore’s “targeted tax” on billboards stifles ...

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