CSHB 230(STA): "An Act relating to political signs on private property."
00 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 230(STA) 01 "An Act relating to political signs on private property." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 19.25.075 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 04 (c) The Alaska State Legislature finds that 05 (1) the right to advocate for or against those individuals who would 06 occupy public office and issues of public interest is an inherent right that has been 07 repeatedly affirmed by the courts; and 08 (2) the right to advocate for or against those individuals who would 09 occupy public office and issues of public interest must be subject to only the minimum 10 of restrictions necessary to address a compelling public or government interest. 11 * Sec. 2. AS 19.25.105(a) is amended to read: 12 (a) Outdoor advertising may not be erected or maintained within 660 feet of 13 the nearest edge of the right-of-way and visible from the main-traveled way of the 14 interstate, primary, or secondary highways in this state except the following: 15 (1) directional and other official signs and notices that [WHICH]
01 include, but are not limited to, signs and notices pertaining to natural wonders, scenic 02 and historic attractions, that [WHICH] are required or authorized by law, and that 03 [WHICH SHALL] conform to federal standards for interstate and primary systems; 04 (2) signs, displays, and devices advertising the sale or lease of property 05 upon which they are located or advertising activities conducted on the property; 06 (3) signs determined by the state, subject to concurrence of the United 07 States Department of Transportation, to be landmark signs, including signs on farm 08 structures, or natural surfaces, of historic or artistic significance, the preservation of 09 which would be consistent with the provisions of this chapter; 10 (4) directional signs and notices pertaining to schools; 11 (5) advertising on bus benches or bus shelters, and adjacent trash 12 receptacles, if the state determines that the advertising conforms to local, state, and 13 federal standards for interstate and primary highways; [.] 14 (6) political noncommercial signs on private property if 15 (A) individual or conjoined signs do not exceed 32 square 16 feet total per side; 17 (B) the signs do not interfere with, obstruct, confuse, or 18 mislead traffic or pose a traffic hazard; and 19 (C) the signs are consistent with regulations adopted by the 20 department regarding the time and manner for removal of signs that do 21 not have current relevance; in this subparagraph, 22 (i) "current relevance" means the subject matter of 23 a sign is a matter of ongoing public consideration by the public and 24 the date of decision on the subject matter of the sign has not 25 passed; 26 (ii) "date of decision" means the date on which a 27 decision on the subject matter of a sign is no longer subject to 28 influence by public opinion, such as the date of an election for 29 public office or on a ballot measure, action by the governor on a 30 bill passed by the legislature, formal settlement or formal 31 conclusion of an armed conflict, conclusion of contract
01 negotiations, or similar matters for which a date of decision may be 02 ascertained [REPEALED].