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CSSSSB 181(STA): "An Act relating to a tourist oriented directional sign program and to penalties for violations related to outdoor advertising."

00 CS FOR SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO. 181(STA)                                                                  
01 "An Act relating to a tourist oriented directional sign program and to penalties                                        
02 for violations related to outdoor advertising."                                                                         
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1.  LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS; INTENT.  (a)  The Alaska State Legislature finds                                 
05 that                                                                                                                    
06   (1)  the scenic beauty of Alaska is unquestionably unique and is revered by                                           
07 residents of the state as well as visitors to Alaska;                                                                   
08   (2)  it is imperative that the State of Alaska maintain its scenic highway system                                     
09 throughout the state for the benefit of residents of Alaska and visitors to Alaska;                                     
10   (3)  it is also imperative that residents of Alaska and visitors to Alaska travel in                                  
11 a safe manner on the state highway system and that the safety of the residents of Alaska and                            
12 visitors to Alaska be assured by a system of directional signing for traveler oriented attractions                      
13 and services.                                                                                                           
14  (b)  It is the intent of the Alaska State Legislature to provide better information to                                 
01 motorists by authorizing a well planned and regulated system of directional signing for traveler                        
02 oriented attractions and services in a manner similar to the current tourist oriented directional                       
03 sign program that has been established under policies of the Department of Transportation and                           
04 Public Facilities and in a manner consistent with standards established by the Federal Highway                          
05 Administration and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.                                                       
06    * Sec. 2.  AS 19.25.105(a) is amended to read:                                                                       
07  (a)  Outdoor advertising may not be erected or maintained within 660 feet of                                          
08 the nearest edge of the right-of-way and visible from the main-traveled way of the                                      
09 interstate, primary, or secondary highways in this state except the following:                                          
10   (1)  directional and other official signs and notices which include, but                                             
11 are not limited to, signs and notices pertaining to natural wonders, scenic and historic                                
12 attractions, which are required or authorized by law, and which shall conform to                                        
13 federal standards for interstate and primary systems;                                                                   
14   (2)  signs, displays, and devices advertising the sale or lease of property                                          
15 upon which they are located or advertising activities conducted on the property;                                        
16   (3)  signs determined by the state, subject to concurrence of the United                                             
17 States Department of Transportation, to be landmark signs, including signs on farm                                      
18 structures, or natural surfaces, of historic or artistic significance, the preservation of                              
19 which would be consistent with the provisions of this chapter;                                                          
20   (4)  directional signs and notices pertaining to schools;                                                            
21   (5)  advertising on bus benches or bus shelters, and adjacent trash                                                  
22 receptacles, if the state determines that the advertising conforms to local, state, and                                 
23 federal standards for interstate and primary highways;                                                                 
24   (6)  tourist oriented directional signs erected under (e) of this                                                    
25 section.                                                                                                              
26    * Sec. 3.  AS 19.25.105(d) is amended to read:                                                                      
27  (d)  Outdoor advertising may not be erected or maintained within the right-of-                                        
28 way of an interstate, primary, or secondary highway except that outdoor advertising is allowed                          
29 on                                                                                                                      
30   (1)  bus benches and bus shelters, and adjacent trash receptacles, located                                         
31 within the right-of-way under the authority of a permit issued under AS 19.25.200, if                                   
01 the bus benches or bus shelters are located within a borough or unified municipality                                    
02 and the buses that stop at that location operate during the entire year; and                                           
03   (2)  tourist oriented directional signs erected under (e) of this                                                    
04 section.                                                                                                               
05    * Sec. 4.  AS 19.25.105 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                               
06  (e)  The department shall establish a tourist oriented directional sign program.                                      
07 The department shall erect, or permit the erection of, directional signs for traveler                                   
08 oriented attractions and services within and outside of the rights-of-way of interstate,                                
09 primary, and secondary highways in this state.  The signs may be erected on private                                     
10 land adjacent to the rights-of-way of interstate, primary, and secondary highways in                                    
11 this state if permission for the erection of the sign is granted by the owner of the                                    
12 private land.  The sign, excluding posts, must be 90 inches in width and 18 inches in                                   
13 height and may contain only the name of the attraction or the business providing the                                    
14 attraction or service, an icon representing the attraction or service, the distance to the                              
15 attraction or service, and a directional arrow.  The location, design, and content of                                   
16 signs must be consistent with standards approved by the Federal Highway                                                 
17 Administration.                                                                                                         
18    * Sec. 5.  AS 19.25.130 is amended to read:                                                                          
19  Sec. 19.25.130.  PENALTY FOR VIOLATION.  A person who violates                                                        
20 AS 19.25.080 - 19.25.180, or a regulation adopted under AS 19.25.080 - 19.25.180                                       
21 [THEM], is guilty of a violation [MISDEMEANOR] and upon conviction is                                                
22 punishable by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000.                                                         
23    * Sec. 6.  AS 19.45.002 is amended to read:                                                                          
24  Sec. 19.45.002.  PENALTIES.  A person who violates a [ANY] provision of                                             
25 AS 19.05 - AS 19.25, other than a provision of AS 19.25.080 - 19.25.180, is guilty                                    
26 of a misdemeanor and upon conviction is punishable by a fine of not less than $10 nor                                   
27 more than $500, or by imprisonment in jail for a period not to exceed one year, or by                                   
28 both.                                                                                                                   
29    * Sec. 7.  17 AAC 20.010 is annulled.