Audrey Peltz


solicitation regulation, religious solicitation, free speech, free exercise, establishment clause


Solicitation can often be a source of annoyance to the general public. Therefore, municipalities have passed a variety of ordinances to regulate solicitation. However, solicitation encompasses various forms of speech interests. For this reason, ordinances have given rise to massive litigation, involving challenges under the First and Fourteenth Amendment, particularly for religious solicitation. The recent increases in challenges to municipal regulation of religious solicitation indicates a need for legislation which will survive judicial scrutiny. This Comment details the legislative and judicial history of religious solicitation, and provides a model ordinance by which municipalities can regulate religious solicitation to afford maximum protection to their citizens and to the constitutional rights of religious solicitors.



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