Legislature(1993 - 1994)
1994-07-15 House JournalFull Journal pdf
1994-07-15 House Journal Page 4511 HB 367 The following letter dated June 13, 1994, was received: "Dear Speaker Barnes: Under the authority of art. II, sec. 15, of the Alaska Constitution, I have vetoed the following bill: 1994-07-15 House Journal Page 4512 HB 367 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 367 (JUD) am S "An Act relating to limitations on outdoor advertising signs, displays, and devices and penalties for violations related to outdoor advertising." This bill would have done three things: (1) it would have allowed the installation, on land adjacent to a highway right-of-way, of outdoor advertising intended to be seen from that highway; (2) it would have allowed the installation, under state supervision, of outdoor advertising signs within highway rights-of-way; and (3) it would have reduced, from a misdemeanor to a violation, the seriousness of a breach of outdoor advertising standards (although it would have increased the amount of the penalties that could be imposed). I do not believe that any of these results are desirable. One of my goals, restated many times, is to upgrade Alaska's road system to National Scenic Highway standards. This bill would be inconsistent with that goal by replacing some of Alaska's most magnificent natural scenery with commercial messages. The billboard battle was fought before statehood, and I have never wavered. One of the final actions I took as U.S. Secretary of the Interior was to ban all billboards on hundreds of millions of acres of public lands throughout America. Alaska has one of the strongest outdoor advertising laws in the United States. The result of our law is that the only signs along our highways are those installed by the state, municipalities, and the federal government, to provide directions to the traveling public or to give notice of spots of scenic or historic interest. With these laws Alaskans have preserved a great public asset--Alaska's splendid scenery. The state and the visitor industry have spent millions of dollars in advertising Alaska's unique attractions. It makes little sense to spoil this great public asset which our summer visitors specifically come to see. At the same time, I recognize the need for providing directional information to travelers along Alaska's highways. That is why the Alaska Department of Transportation operates a Tourist Oriented Directional Sign program that allows information signs to be placed in 1994-07-15 House Journal Page 4513 HB 367 the highway right-of-way with a small business designation listed on the sign. This program balances the need of providing valuable travel information with the desire to preserve Alaska's beautiful landscape. Alaska's laws banning outdoor advertising have been in force for nearly 30 years. They are still accomplishing their goal--preserving our magnificent scenic vistas. I must, therefore, veto this bill. Sincerely, /s/ Walter J. Hickel Governor"