Political signs now banned from public property

Nov.15.2017



Political candidates’ signs and other election campaign signs are now barred from public property.

 

Newly signed Public Law 34-67, from legislation introduced by Sen. Tommy Morrison, was an offshoot of concerns that some signs have become traffic hazards.

 

“Last month, seven Democrats and four Republicans joined me in passing Bill 138 which bans political signs on public property,” Morrison stated in a press release. “We agreed that excessive and poorly maintained signs are dangerous – and that elections should be a competition of solutions to various issues, not a contest focused on the size and quantity of signs.”

 

Speaker Benjamin Cruz and Sens. Tom Ada, Mary Torres, Frank Aguon Jr., James Espaldon, Fernando Esteves, Louise Muna, Telena Nelson, Dennis Rodriguez Jr., Joe San Agustin, and Michael San Nicolas co-sponsored the bill.

 

Campaign signs can be posted only on private property. If such private property is adjacent to any roadway, political signs must be at least 8 feet from the paved portion of the roadway, and posted in such a manner that would not impede traffic or a driver’s visibility, the new law states.

 

“Political sign” means all free-standing billboards, posters, banners or displays that advocate for a candidate or political office or any matter to be presented to the electorate for vote, the new law states.

 

The ban also includes “all items put (used) to secure the billboard, poster, banner, or display in place, including rebars and wires.”

 

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