SB 141: "An Act relating to the posting of political signs on private property."

00 SENATE BILL NO. 141 01 "An Act relating to the posting of political signs on private property." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 19.25.105(a) is amended to read: 04 (a) Outdoor advertising may not be erected or maintained within 660 feet of 05 the nearest edge of the right-of-way and visible from the main-traveled way of the 06 interstate, primary, or secondary highways in this state except the following: 07 (1) directional and other official signs and notices that [WHICH] 08 include [, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO,] signs and notices pertaining to natural 09 wonders and [,] scenic and historic attractions, that [WHICH] are required or 10 authorized by law, and that [WHICH SHALL] conform to federal standards for 11 interstate and primary systems; 12 (2) signs, displays, and devices advertising the sale or lease of property 13 upon which they are located or advertising activities conducted on the property; 14 (3) signs determined by the state, subject to concurrence of the United 15 States Department of Transportation, to be landmark signs, including signs on farm

01 structures [,] or natural surfaces [,] of historic or artistic significance, the preservation 02 of which would be consistent with the provisions of this chapter; 03 (4) directional signs and notices pertaining to schools; 04 (5) advertising on bus benches or bus shelters, and adjacent trash 05 receptacles, if the state determines that the advertising conforms to local, state, and 06 federal standards for interstate and primary highways; 07 (6) political noncommercial signs on private property if 08 (A) the owner of the private property grants permission to 09 post the sign; 10 (B) individual or conjoined signs do not exceed 32 square 11 feet total on each side; 12 (C) the signs do not interfere with, obstruct, confuse, or 13 mislead traffic or pose a traffic hazard; and 14 (D) the signs are consistent with regulations adopted by the 15 department regarding the time and manner for removal of signs that do 16 not have current relevance; in this subparagraph, 17 (i) "current relevance" means the subject matter of 18 a sign is a matter of ongoing public consideration by the public and 19 the date of decision on the subject matter of the sign has not 20 passed; 21 (ii) "date of decision" means the date on which a 22 decision on the subject matter of a sign is no longer subject to 23 influence by public opinion, such as the date of an election for 24 public office or on a ballot measure, action by the governor on a 25 bill passed by the legislature, formal settlement or formal 26 conclusion of an armed conflict, conclusion of contract 27 negotiations, or similar matters for which a date of decision may be 28 ascertained.