Bill Could Lead to More Digital Billboards in Mo.

9 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Sunday, June 19 2011 Jun 19, 2011 Sunday, June 19, 2011 1:52:04 PM CDT June 19, 2011 in News
Source: Jamie Goncalves
By: Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Missouri's highways have several thousand fewer billboards than just a few years ago. But those that remain could become flashier under legislation pending before Gov. Jay Nixon.

The bill would allow many of Missouri's paper-on-board signs to be converted to digital billboards or improved with better lighting and technology.

It also would let those billboards be moved -- instead of torn down -- during highway construction.

And it would bar local governments from prohibiting billboards, though they could still impose more stringent regulations than set by state law.

The billboard provisions were tucked into a broader transportation bill passed on the final day of the legislative session. Nixon hasn't publicly commented about the legislation. But his staff has had conversations with people urging him both to sign and veto it.

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