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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Bill banning sexy billboards along Missouri highways goes to governor
Billboards promoting strip clubs and other adult businesses would be banned within one mile of Missouri highways under a bill given final legislative approval Thursday.

Despite some objections about limiting free speech, the bill won House passage, then cleared the Senate, which sent the measure on to Gov. Bob Holden.

The bill would prohibit any new sex-themed billboards and require existing ones to be removed within three years. An adult-oriented businesses located within one mile of a highway could have just two signs -- one showing the name and hours, the other noting it is off-limits to minors.

Proponents called the billboards an especially offensive blight that forces parents in passing motor vehicles to explain to children such phrases as "red hot, totally live nude."

"Television you can turn off, radio you can turn off. ... Billboards are not selective. They're there," said Rep. David Pearce, a Republican.

Salt Lake may limit billboards
Salt Lake council members are considering a sign ordinance today that would allow residents to enjoy more scenic views by limiting the number of billboards allowed in Salt Lake County.

Two alternatives are up for action; one is an outright band and other is the cap-and-replace method. With an outright ban, no new billboards would be displayed, but remaining billboards would be allowed to stay. Under the cap-and-replace method, a maximum billboard limit would be implemented. Billboards could relocate, but the number could not exceed the maximum. Chairman Steve Harmsen of the Salt Lake County Council supports the latter.

" I am more inclined to cap and replace," Harmsen said. "It has better results; it disperses billboards throughout the community."

Harmsen said billboards serve a useful purpose in the city, thus making an outright ban ineffective.