The Urban County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to explore whether it can regulate or ban the placement of advertising circulars.
Council members said they have received repeated complaints about advertising circulars being left in people's lawns and on sidewalks or driveways. Many of those circulars are an advertising section distributed by the Lexington Herald-Leader.
There has been debate in other cities on whether the circulars can be banned because advertising is considered free speech. The council voted Tuesday to put the issue into a committee to determine what, if anything, the city can do.
Council member Peggy Henson, who suggested the issue be sent to committee, said the city may be able to pass an ordinance regulating where the advertising circulars can be placed.