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No Action Taken on Two Anti-Billboard Bills in Wyoming

Date: February 19, 2001



State House of Representatives Defeats One; Sends Another to Study Group

On February 1, the Wyoming House of Representatives Transportation Committee voted on two bills that would have adversely affected the outdoor industry.  Both bills were sponsored by Representative Philip A. Nicholas of Laramie, Wyoming.

The first, House Bill 0291, would have implemented a two-year moratorium on new signs.  The seven-person committee unanimously defeated the bill.

David Butterfield, General Manager of Lamar Outdoor Advertising in Casper Wyoming, said, "We were very pleased that the Transportation Committee vetoed the moratorium.  We felt it was totally unnecessary legislation.  While there are some issues out there to be addressed, we feel the system currently in place is working.  The kind of knee-jerk reaction that was being proposed was just not necessary."

The other proposed legislation, HB-0279, was withdrawn by Committee Chairman Wayne Johnson.  Had it passed committee, it would have required downsizing of all Wyoming billboards to 150 square feet by 2010, at great cost to outdoor advertising owners and operators.  Additionally, HB-0279 would not have provided compensation for the removal or downsizing of billboards during the ten-year period.  This bill has been referred to an interim study group, made up of members of both the House and Senate Transportation Committees.


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