lighted billboards

Illuminated Billboard Bill is Back

Apr 16, 2012

Last minute efforts are underway to craft a deal that would allow some new illuminated billboards but still protect the dark skies around observatories. 

The state court of appeals said last year the signs with their changing messages are illegal. And a bid by the companies to override that legislatively was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer.

Representative Bob Robson, who sponsored the now-vetoed measure, said this is a compromise.

The Arizona Senate has voted to allow companies to erect lighted billboards along state highways. Billboard companies asked the Legislature to change the law after a recent decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals that bans electronic billboards along freeways. And astronomers are not happy with the bill. 

Astronomers say the billboards threaten the dark skies needed for their work, which they argue is a big industry for Arizona. 

State Senators Approve Lighted Digital Billboards

Mar 21, 2012

State senators voted 20-8 today to legalize existing lighted digital billboards and potentially allow for more.