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CSSSSB 181(FIN): "An Act relating to tourist oriented directional signs that are 90 inches in width and 18 inches in height and to penalties for violations related to outdoor advertising."

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