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New Arizona HOA flag law is ripe for a constitutional challenge

Earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that would force HOAs to allow residents to fly flags that support law enforcement and first responders. But they won’t be able to raise a flag proclaiming gay pride or Black Lives Matter unless their HOA approves.

The bill’s sponsor, Fountain Hills Republican John Kavanagh, said he would be willing to support a bill that allows any flag that isn’t obscene or promotes illegal activity, but the votes weren’t there this time around at the GOP-dominated state Capitol.

Gregg Leslie is the executive director of the First Amendment Clinic at Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.

The Show spoke with him about the first amendment implications of a law like this, and whether or not he thinks it passes constitutional muster.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.