LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — An existing city ordinance that restricts campaign signs would be weakened under a proposal introduced by the Lafayette City-Parish Council.

The Advertiser reports city officials notified four candidates that their signs were erected too early. The current zoning ordinance states candidates cannot put out signs until 90 days before early voting in an election. In the case of the October election, that date is July 23.

City-Parish Attorney Mike Hebert said Tuesday the current ordinance has tougher restrictions on political signs than on other signs. The proposed ordinance approved for introduction Tuesday would largely treat political signs the same as other signs in the city.

The council voted unanimously in favor of the proposed ordinance which will be up for final adoption July 15.